Literary Studies – Poststructuralism – 2011

Give your own definition of deconstruction.

My definition of “deconstruction” is particularly derived from Derrida’s statement “there is nothing outside the text” which means that all texts are references to other texts and so, through deconstruction, may be understood through the textual relationships and social context. No text is truly objective.  The theory of deconstruction is the second reading of a text, as a critic, which destabilizes the conceptual oppositions, ideologies, and hierarchal systems, inscribed into the text and reveals how these features functioned in the reading. Often, the author has no conscious intention of constructing the underlying meaning or system of thought in the text.                 

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