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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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Unlike many in his field, he avoided the abstruse abstractions of French deconstructionism, but he was also devoted to the work of Harold Bloom, his Yale colleague in the English department, whose book The Anxiety of Influence did so much to help Scully's own approach to the course of architectural ideas through the generations.
At our foundry we receive artists of all styles and backgrounds such as realism, modernism, abstract art, deconstructionism and cubism, to name but a few.
In Recording Reality, Desiring the Real, Elizabeth Cowie combines psychoanalytic theory with deconstructionism and semiotics to examine some of the fundamental questions in documentary studies.
Fuchs explores the work of writers of modernism, as well as more contemporary writers, employing literary criticism frameworks such as New Critics and deconstructionism.
One witnesses an intense theorizing that is no less theoretical than a Derridean deconstructionism, a Foucauldian poststructuralism, or a Lyotardian postmodernism.
Instead he surrounds this question--which is one of the cornerstones of Not without Madness--with meditations on how musicology has strained to articulate its aims in the wake of "postmodernism, deconstructionism, and cultural studies" (p.
Foucault and the failure of reconstructionism constructionism and deconstructionism
Modern" appears to mean recent, as in the ideas and theories, colored by deconstructionism, that have prevailed in the last twenty years.
Scaton's critique of the contemporary cultural studies including critical theory and cultural theory that originate in New Marxism, Derridean deconstructionism and Foucauldian anthropology is very sharp and bold.
But, there is no doubt that the concept of his deconstructionism has penetrated to the domain of valid works of postmodernism.
A culture-centric alternative to the endless deferring and excavating of deconstructionism has emerged from the synthesis of twentieth-century semioticians (Ferdinand de Saussure), correspondence theorists (Ludwig Wittgenstein), symbolic anthropologists (Clifford Geertz), and the "neo-orthodoxy" of the German Confessing Church (Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Rudolf Bultmann) to produce a school of "postliberal" narrative theology (Lindbeck, Hans Frei, David Kelsey).
This was before deconstructionism and magic realism had muddled the issue of literature.