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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.


of or relating to deconstruction
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The topics are the poetics of friendship; salut and the metonymy of poetic nomination; of contemporaneity: a talk by Deguy for Derrida; a poet's duty: Deguy's deconstructive poethics; Derrida's How to Name; calling names: Derrida, Deguy, and spectropoetics; and salut, ethics, and quasi-atheistic transcendence.
How much of our dayto-day conversation is negative and deconstructive, complaining about station closures and traffic mayhem on The Strand (guilty
Through a deconstructive reading, this paper argues that the mythological Leda in Yeats's text has within her womb a potentially violent, disruptive, and deconstructive force.
Incapable of interfering with this deconstructive procedure, she is haunted by guilt because she has created a creature and condemned it to destruction.
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said in his remark to the assembly that independent media outlets play a role in spreading deconstructive thoughts which lure young people to dismantle national unity.
Of course, such indeterminacy is integral to Kombluh's deconstructive approach and thus to what sets Realizing Capital apart from prior scholarship: its excavation of the multiple voices in the figurative language used by literature and economics through careful attention to the letter of the text.
On the other hand, deconstructive criticism involves accusing people and pointing out their faults without suggestions for improvement.
Influenced by the philosophy of Derrida, the authors present deconstructive humanism as a postmodern lens for humanistic counseling.
Catabolism can be seen as the deconstructive process.
Philadelphia Inquirer's Tirdad Derakhshani quips: "Tries so hard to be a clever, deconstructive metatale.
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991
The show promises to traverse the artist's long-standing themes--for one, the murky waters of the Atlantic, harboring souls lost to the slave trade--and to position her work vis-a-vis its appropriative and deconstructive strategies.