Deconstruction (3315 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Simon Morgan-Wortham (Kingston University)
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Context

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. …

Citation: Morgan-Wortham, Simon. "Deconstruction". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=261, accessed 20 October 2021.]

261 Deconstruction 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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