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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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of or relating to deconstruction
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We saw that it was precisely the possibility of subjective consciousness transforming and transcending itself within a polity of experience, which deconstructive thought seeks to question.
"It's deconstructive art," the design student joked.
Oberhardt's major construct for viewing museums in this Post-Modern and deconstructive period advocates viewing the museum through four different "frames." The first frame examines concepts of "museum quality" art from a historical perspective.
Entering its readings through moments of textual aporia, Guilty Creatures engages deconstructive notions of rhetoric and language, but instead of using linguistic resistance to collapse interpretative certainty, it recenters textual strategies in constructing authorial agency and intentionality.
The novel's depressed yet genial narrator, Chrysalis Moffat, already frail from her work on a deconstructive treatment of Dr.
Beginning in the seventies of the past century, German romantic texts gained considerable circulation by being called upon to serve as prominent exempla for theoretical and philosophical arguments, mainly of a deconstructive bent.
Good song writers, sure, but all this incessant celebration of their inner struggles and deconstructive wit amounts to just retro-auteur pandering.
Not so in the case of Andrew Gibson who makes the case for a criticism informed by a deconstructive ethics, following the example of J.
It is apparent that more penetrating deconstructive analyses might be conducted to elucidate the politicization of research.
IN THIS WORK, Lucy Sargisson, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics at the University of Nottingham, expands the horizon of her previous study, Contemporary Feminist Utopianism (1996), to include the "bodies" of green political thought, deep ecology, feminist theory, historical utopias, deconstructive theory, and ecological intentional communities.
Next, through a close examination of the writings of Ashley and Christine Sylvester, Jarvis traces the effect of "subversive and deconstructive" postmodernism on the field.