Pictures of Theories: Deconstruction

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Deconstruction, literary studies:

Deconstruction is a method of literary analysis with roots in the work of philosopher Jacques Derrida. According to Wikipedia, “This article has multiple issues.”

 

Deconstruction is not a dismantling of the structure of a text, but a demonstration that it has already dismantled itself. 

– J. Hillis Miller, “Stevens’ Rock and Criticism as Cure”

 

A deconstruction involves the demonstration that a hierarchical opposition, in which one term is said to be dependent upon another conceived as prior, is in fact a rhetorical or metaphysical imposition and that the hierarchy could well be reversed.

– Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs

 

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