Explorations: Studies in Culture & Communication (1953 – 1957) To be Republished Soon



Explorations: Studies in Culture & Communication, Volumes 1 to 8

Explorations: Studies in Culture & Communication, Volumes 1 through 8 will be available again after 60 years of being out-of-print! When? The re-publication will be formally announced at the Toronto School of Communication Conference, October 13 – 16 at the University of Toronto (see the conference posting, the third post below). If copies are available for display, they will be displayed at the conference. If not yet ready, the new editions will be available in a matter of  weeks. The publication will be announced on this blog and on social media as soon as the volumes appear.

“Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication, principally edited by Edmund (“Ted”) Carpenter and Marshall McLuhan, was the first postwar journal to engage directly with the new “grammars” of the mid-century new media of communication. Launched in Toronto in 1953, at the very moment that television made its national début in Canada, Explorations presented a mosaic of approaches to contemporary media culture and became the texts in which McLuhan and Carpenter first formulated their most striking insights about new media in the electric age. The extraordinary breadth of contributions to Explorations from leading thinkers across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences makes this journal a founding publication in the now burgeoning field of media studies. Originally funded by a Ford Foundation grant, the eight co-edited issues of Explorations were issued from 1953 to 1957.

Scholars whose essays were published include Dorothy Lee, D.C. Williams, Jorge Luis Borges, e.e. Cummings, Joan Rayfield, Marjorie Adix, Millar McLure, Marshall McLuhan, Lawrence K. Frank, Stephen Gilman, Northrop Frye, Walter J. Ong, Edmund Carpenter, Francis Golffing, J. Tyrwhitt, J. Paul & J. Ogilvie, Robert G. Armstrong and others.

For more information about the original Explorations journal, see the following articles previously on this blog:-

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Explorations 7 and 8

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