The site History of Television is a "spin-off" of the original
site in French "Histoire de la télévision".
Unfortunatelly, it is not possible at this moment to provide a comprehensive English
translation of the site. However, we hope that English readers will enjoy the site in
French. From time to time, they will discover pages in Portuguese, German, Italian
and even in English.
The objective of the
site History of television is to provide an easy access
on the various aspects of a scientific discipline still in its infancy but which will have
to play an important role in the History and in the Heritage of the Twentieth Century.
The site is five parts.
For the English-speaking reader the part "On-line anthology of early texts on
television" will be the most accessible, as it contains a lot of texts originally
published in English or translated into English. The idea to
publish this anthology occured to me after the discovery of a rare brochure by the
Portuguese Professor Adriano de Paiva, La téléscopie
électrique basée sur lemploi du sélénium, Porto, 1880. (The brochure is
mainly in French and Portuguese, but the most
important chapter is also available in English). I have decided to publish it and then
realised it would be useful, interresting and also suprisingly exciting to be as
systematic as possible in the publication of early texts.
introduction (only in French) introduces various aspects of the History of television
(history of television as technological system, political and social history of
television, cultural history, history of television creators and history of television
In complement to the Anthology, the part « Questions dhistoire de la télévision »
(sorry, also only in French) introduces several articles on some moments of History of
television that are not neccessarily well know, in particular on the period prior to the
World War II.
The « Mary
Néant project » found the origin of its title in some lines of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. In Joyce's text, television - as I try to
understand it - is called "Mary Nothing". I like the Philippe Lavergne's
translation in French as Mary Néant and I keep it into English. This part of the site
(far to be finished !) is a research on television in its relation with other Arts. You
will find in it quotations of television by writers such as H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, Marcel
Proust, F.T. Marinetti. But also some articles or references to relations bewteen dance
and television, television and graphic arts, not to forget television making reference to
« Resources » ofer 120 pages of bibliography on research in mass
communication, history of television in its various aspects and a lot of links to
The site is edited by André Lange, Professor of "History of Television"
at the Free University of Brussels (ULB - Belgium).
The site has been open
in February 1999 and its reference to Joyce means also that it is a "work in
progress". All proposals of collaboration are welcomed.
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org