Andrew Chrystall

Doctor of Philosophy, (Media Studies)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The New American Vortex: Explorations of McLuhan

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Mr. Chrystall’s study revisits the work of H. Marshall McLuhan by re-reading McLuhan’s oeuvre on his own terms and in light of newly unearthed primary source material. Through the lens of his career-spanning concern with communication, McLuhan is seen as transforming the great tradition of Ciceronian humanism and the Ciceronian ideal (the figure in whom eloquence and wisdom coalesce), and the programme of the Anglo-American Modernists: James Joyce, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and P. Wyndham Lewis. In the final analysis, McLuhan is re-envisioned as a singularity - a paramodern (neither modernist nor post-modernist) doctus orator.

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Professor Peter Lineham

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