Deconstruction

(3315 words)
  • Simon Morgan-Wortham (University of Portsmouth)

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. …

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Citation:
Morgan-Wortham, Simon. "Deconstruction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=261, accessed 19 April 2014.]


Related Groups

  1. Poststructuralism and Deconstruction