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A philosophical movement and theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth; asserts that words can only refer to other words; and attempts to demonstrate how statements about any text subvert their own meanings.

de′con·struc′tive adj.
de′con·struc′tion·ism n.
de′con·struc′tion·ist n. & adj.
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Noun1.deconstructionism - a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
literature - creative writing of recognized artistic value
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It is ironic that one of the chief architects of deconstructionism (Nietzsche) has, by virtue of his other perspectives, led in this book, as well as in a few recent studies of Nietzsche as/and literature, to the softening of the metal/mettle of deconstructionism itself.
Sections focus on plot and character development, major themes, literary devices and style, narrative point of view, historical setting, and alternative critical perspectives, such as reader-response analysis, Freudian literary criticism, feminist analysis, and deconstructionism.
Logical positivism, existentialism, structuralism, and deconstructionism are not so much antimetaphysical trends as attempts to articulate a consistent postmetaphysical position.
In this way (that is, by showing that the arguments presuppose a notion of organic unity) the author deconstructs deconstructionism and, perhaps more importantly, outlines pragmatic justifications for the interpretive presumption of a work's unity, a presumption that does not commit itself to the existence of "foundationally independent and self-identical entities" (p.
Anticipating this objection, Graff challenges the bias against critical theory (poststructuralism, deconstructionism, etc.
Rather than linger over tired debates about the deleterious effects of deconstructionism and the newness of new historicism, Habib (English, Rutgers U.
In chapter ra, the final section of the book, Carter examines the place of deconstructionism in this whole project.
And he examines such cultural strands as literary deconstructionism, Afrocentrism, and other "politically correct" orthodoxies of current academe.
The immediate occasion for the current inquiry is a concern about the skepticism introduced by nominalism and deconstructionism regarding our ability to apprehend eide -- that is, to rise above the privacy of our own sensations and feelings and the limitations of our ethnicity in order to be the locus of the apprehension of universal principles of order implicit in sensation and in organic existence -- indeed, in the very character of spatio-temporal existence itself.
His comments on Derrida's deconstructionism are priceless.
He asks whether, between the transcendental ego of the Cartesian tradition and the rhetorical, interpreted subject of deconstructionism, there is an epistemological status for the self?
of Copenhagen) assumes that it is possible to understanding philosophical texts of the past with a reasonable and qualified degree of objectivity, so therefore does not invite social constructionism, constructionism, or deconstructionism to the discussion; they have never contributed to the historiography of philosophy anyway, he says.