May 10, 2008
I'm Paul, a first year Ph.D student in the communication studies department at the University of Iowa. My research interests include post-structural theory with an eye towards the psychoanalytic, and I firmly straddle the divide between rhetorical theory and media studies. I guess I'm most interested in getting a primary handle on the text, and figuring out what has and has not filtered down to contemporary rhetoric and media studies. The treatment my field has given to Marx has been both slight and heavy, and so I'm looking for how persuasion functions generally in his work, and also am just interested in reading parts of the history of social theory more generally, of which this is obviously a huge part.