Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Steven R. Evans

Second Committee Member

Caroline Bicks

Third Committee Member

Dylan B. Dryer

Additional Committee Members

Michael Swacha


In this thesis, I attempt to think through the notion of a medium. Part One seeks to draw a distinction between a medium and a device. Part Two draws upon Jacques Lacan’s theorization of objet petit a in an effort to develop a conception of a medium that is both necessary and nondeterminative. Part Three turns to Steve McCaffery’s Carnival to further develop this notion of a medium with an emphasis on the subject.

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