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    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 l’emploi 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.

The 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 works, ...).

In complement to the Anthology, the part « Questions d’histoire 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 television...

The part « Resources » ofer 120 pages  of bibliography on research in mass communication, history of television in its various aspects and a lot of links to interresting sites.

    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 : histv@noos.fr


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Histoire de la télévision   ©André Lange
Dernière mise à jour : 10 janvier 2002.