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Deconstruction The following entry discusses deconstruction theory as a method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary texts. There he met Lacan and American critic Paul de Man for the first time, and they formed the core group that would go on to popularize deconstruction in the United States.
Initially considered elitist, nihilistic, and subversive of humanistic ideals, deconstruction has been much debated in academe and has gained more widespread acceptance, although it still remains, to an extent, a radical way of analyzing texts.
Deconstruction theory embraces the precept that meaning is always uncertain and that it is not the task of the literary critic to illuminate meaning in a given text. Derrida began with Saussure's ideas of the signified and the signifier: The signified contains a trace of the signifier, but also of its opposite.
Calling attention to breaks in the internal logic of a literary text achieves its deconstruction. Deconstruction itself can be deconstructed, however, and the process goes on indefinitely. Because it challenges logocentrism—that is, it questions order and certainty in language—deconstruction has been viewed by its opponents as an intellectually obscure, negativistic form of cultural critique.
Abrams wrote a particularly devastating essay on deconstruction, and Steven E. Cole and Archibald A. Hill have criticized the methods of de Man and Geoffrey Hartman, respectively. Other scholars have found deconstruction a stimulating and innovative new approach to literary criticism.
While such critics as Lance St.
John Butler and Shawn St. Jean have written on major literary figures and works using deconstruction theory, other scholars, including Edward Said, David B. Allison, and Christina M. Howells have found an application for deconstruction in the fields of history and philosophy.Derrida’s notion of writing under erasure,11 this situation shows that to write under erasure means that the present impetus of what appears and is present during the 9 Jacques Derrida, Dissemination, trans.
Johnson (Chicago: University of Chicago. Jacques Derrida (born Jackie Élie Derrida; –) was a French philosopher, known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction.
He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.
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Deconstruction and Différance: a Jacques Derrida's semiotic theory. Abstract, Theory, Application, References and Exercices. The arche-writing that Derrida is talking about is in fact a broader notion of writing conceptualized in terms of différance.
DERRIDA, Jacques, Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass, Chicago. Writing and Difference works with what Derrida later called a ‘concept of text or of context’ that ‘embraces and does not exclude the world, reality, history’.5 The history of facts would.