Memory and Media

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for MEDIA 326.


How have film, television and new media represented memory and forgetting, and how do these media technologies themselves provide a type of virtual "memory"? How might contemporary digital technologies be changing the way we think about recollection, both personal and collective?

This course explores the relationship between memory and the ways in which it is represented, experienced and embodied through media technologies. Topics covered include: depictions of memory in film/TV/video games, digital memory/forgetting, "prosthetic" memory, media nostalgia, trauma theory and sites of memory.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary critical discourses about memory and representation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of ideas about memory and representation
  • Analyse the way that memory is represented across different contemporary media formats, including film, television and new media
  • Engage creatively with possibilities for representing memory through media


Coursework only

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




MEDIA 326: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Media, Film and Television


FTVMS 219, FTVMS 326, MEDIA 219