After meetings, it was decided that the three topics that the videos would explore, would be Roland Barthes’ Mythologies, Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Message, and theories of Feminism from Laura Mulvey. While the subjects have been split between us, it falls to me to write the final script for each. While I have knowledge of McLuhan’s work through previous classes and projects, I have never studied feminism, or Roland Barthes’ mythologies. With this in mind, I decided to read through Mythologies, and educate myself in feminism. Since I would be starting from scratch with feminism, I decided to find books that would reframe the theories in a manner that maybe easier for me to digest, in this case, horror films and superheroes.
- Barthes, R. (1957) Mythologies. Hill and Wang: New York.
- Chaudhuri, S. (2006) Feminist Film Theorists: Laura Mulvey, Kaja Silverman, Teresa de Laurentis, Barbara Creed. Routledge: London.
- Clover, C. (1992) Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton University Press: New Jersey.
- Madrid, M. (2016) The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the hisotry of comic book heroines. Consortium Books: USA.
- McLuhan, M. (1964) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Routledge: London.
- McLuhan, M. & Fiore, Q. (1967) The Medium is the Massage. Penguin Books: London.
After the first meeting with the team, we decided to pin down which theorists we wished to cover. The Three big names that were brought up frequently, were Marshall McLuhan, Laura Mulvey, and Roland Barthes. While I have plenty of familiarity with McLuhan’s work, and I know Roland Barthes ‘The Death of the Author’, I have no familiarity with their desired Barthes text, ‘Mythologies’, or Laura Mulvey’s work, ‘Visual Pleasure’. This will require a good amount of research, in order to help with the scripting process, and especially with explaining the material visually. As well as currently reading through Barthes ‘Mythologies’, I have found a few articles discussing key concepts of each theorist and works.