Deconstruction (3315 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Simon Morgan-Wortham (Kingston University)


Although it rejects conventional notions of the original author and although it is associated with a number of important writers and thinkers, deconstruction is most immediately associated with the numerous texts published by the French philosopher and writer Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). In a series of texts published during the late-1960s and 1970s Derrida demonstrated the radically destabilising effects of deconstructive thought and practice and deconstruction has subsequently influenced a wide range of academic disciplines (philosophy, literary criticism, architecture, sociology, linguistics, cultural studies) at the same time as creating wide-spread cultural debate and at times controversy in Europe, the U.S.A. and across the world. …

Morgan-Wortham, Simon. "Deconstruction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2006
[, accessed 22 October 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Poststructuralism and Deconstruction