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Any of various theories or methods of analysis, including deconstruction and some psychoanalytic theories, that deny the validity of structuralism's method of binary opposition and maintain that meanings and intellectual categories are shifting and unstable.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an approach to literature that, proceeding from the tenets of structuralism, maintains that, as words have no absolute meaning, any text is open to an unlimited range of interpretations
postˈstructuralist n, adj


(poʊstˈstrʌk tʃər əˌlɪz əm)
any of several theories of literary criticism, as deconstruction or reader-response criticism, that use structuralist methods but argue against the results of structuralism and hold that there is no one true reading of a text.


[ˈpəʊstˈstrʌktʃərəlɪzəm] Npostestructuralismo m
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