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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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Adj.1.deconstructionist - of or concerned with the philosophical theory of literature known as deconstructionism; "deconstructionist criticism"
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They cover Vivienne Westwood's unruly resistance, Rai Kawakubo's deconstructionist silhouette, Gareth Pugh's corporeal uncommensurabilities, Miuccia Prada's industrial materialism, Aitor Throup's anatomical narratives, Viktor and Rolf's conceptual immaterialities, Rad Hourani's gender agnostics, Rick Owen's gender performativities, and Walter van Beirendonck's hybrid science fictions.
It is a thorough, well-informed, tightly argued criticism of the political implications of deconstructionist thought.
It's a funny, clever, deconstructionist approach to live stage magic.
Death Comes for the Deconstructionist is a tragi-comic mystery, a detective story that is at once suspenseful, provocative, and emotionally resonant.
Death Comes for the Deconstructionist, by Daniel Taylor, is a slim, funny, thoughtful novel about mental illness, academia, self-knowledge, and philosophy, with a murder mystery thrown in.
A mix of stand-up and sitcom, its biggest USP, however, was the deconstructionist way Monteith would frequently break off to address the audience (both in the studio and at home) directly.
This slim text takes a critical psychological and deconstructionist approach to the intersecting discourses of drug-use/abuse and gender, but also race, sexuality, class and age.
Jabes and Levinas alone receive Derrida's unadulterated adulation, which, according to Mikics, reveals a growing conflict between Derrida's religious and philosophical proclivities, pointing an implicit ethical demand connected to Judaism in the deconstructionist project.
This move characterizes Wilber's unique integral philosophy in a deconstructionist postmodern style of Nietzsche's "God is dead.
A further source of strangeness as the effect of a considered representational strategy, the editors argue, is Kafka's deconstructionist and highly ironic commentary on the cultural discourses and practices of his time.
The book undertakes contextual readings of each author in an effort to refute the deconstructionist principle of aporia, in which the presence of competing voices within a text is seen to create an interpretive impasse beyond which a critic cannot proceed.
As an objective deconstructionist might argue today, that sometimes comes through in Gould's work, like his unfortunate attempt to deny the double-Y chromosome influence on hyper-aggressive male behavior.