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Mutatis Mutandis: Writing (After Derrida [After McLuhan {After Joyce}])

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Abstract:

This essay plays Jacques Derrida and Marshall McLuhan off of one another and allows each to rub up against the other's voice. It will be argued that these works (which are rarely, if ever, read in conjunction) elicit underlying themes of each other, including similarities found in both their subjects and their reception. A connection via James Joyce will be discussed as well. The "writing" of non-books by Derrida and McLuhan, it will be argued, deconstructs communication form in a manner similar to Joyce, highlighting and applying to Derrida and McLuhan what Samuel Beckett once said of Joyce: "His writing is not about something; it is that something itself."

Keywords: Communication Form; Deconstruction; Derrida; Joyce; McLuhan

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14791420701632949

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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