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Title:Deconstructing communication
Author(s):Chang, Briankle Gen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Grossberg, Lawrence
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speech Communication
Abstract:This dissertation develops a deconstructive critique of the philosophical foundation underlying modern communication theories as they have been developed in the Anglo-American tradition since the early part of this century. It is divided into two parts. The first part begins with a critical analysis of Husserl's theory of intersubjectivity (Chapter 1). Chapter 2 reconstructs the problematic of communication in terms of Derrida's notion of the "postal principle." The first part concludes with an existential-ontological interpretation of communication as an absolute mediation between man and world. In the second part, an exposition of deconstruction is first introduced by way of a comparative analysis of Heidegger and Derrida (Chapter 4). The final Chapter demonstrates how and why the "postal principle" which establishes the condition of possibility of communication comes to undermine itself. The dissertation concludes by defending the "positive" contribution of the Derridean practice to critical communication theories.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Chang, Briankle Gen
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114195
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114195

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