REVIEWS. Jonathan Culler, On Deconstruction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pages. Christopher Norris, Deconstruction: Theory and Practice. Criticism and Institutions: The American an Culler – – In Derek Attridge, Geoffrey Bennington & Robert Young (eds.), Post-Structuralism. Jonathan Culler, On deconstruction: Theory and criticism after structuralism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, Pp. – Volume 13 Issue.

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It is quite unconcerned, for example, with choosing a new canon. Miall – – Cognition and Emotion 3 1: One ought therefore to distinguish between authentic deconstruction and capital-D Deconstruction, which in its monistic forms is a very inconsistent philosophy indeed.

He belongs to a school of modern philosophy that has representatives in both the Anglo-American and Continental camps and includes such diverse names as Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Quine and Sellars deconstrucfion all of whom, despite their diversity, are united in their criticism of the idea that knowledge can have a firm foundation in anything.

Theory and Criticism After Structuralism Cornell paperbacks. Derrida does not end in an Absolute, not even an Absolute Text.

With an emphasis on readers and reading, Jonathan Culler considered deconstruction in terms of the questions raised by psychoanalytic, feminist, and reader-response criticism.


Formalism has seduced American literary study away from these authentic and original cultural purposes. Account Options Sign in. Hegel overcame this inherent dualism by positing an Absolute at the end of the process — an end to deferment.

Derridas’s Axioms

An academic institution, like any other, adopts an ideology that preserves the deconstructiln as it is. Newsletters Comment Print this page. This is the powerful principle of institutional homeostasis.

Language is partly an autonomous system and is partly a set of names that derive their meaning from outside the system. There are no pre-existing ideas, and deconstrcution is distinct before the appearance of language Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition pp.

The collapse into the contrary seems to go just one way and come to a halt.

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This baffled even Derrida, as he told me some years back. Find it on Scholar. Structuralism and Post-Structuralism Contrasted.

Psychologically, our thought, apart from its expression in words — is only a shapeless and indistinct mass. This entire process occurs within a linguistic-semiotic structure of thought. Subtitle Theory and Criticism after Structuralism. Request removal from index. Preface to the First Edition pp. In the temporal process of thinking about anything, one explanation collapses into its contrary. Deferment creates a system in which nothing stands still, in which nothing is synchronic.


Everything can be given at least two equally cogent explanations. Although Saussure rightly stressed the autonomous character of language systems, and rightly opposed the view that language is just a set of names for extra-linguistic realities, he was wrong to state his point so absolutely. Not in sense data, nor intuition nor divine revelation.

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Modern Criticism and Theory a Reader. Nor does Culler place Derrida in a wider philosophical context. Deconstruction, the subject of six new books reviewed in a recent issue of the American journal the New Republicmust be judged, simply by virtue of the commentary it has generated, an important cultural phenomenon. In a similar vein, Culler argues that dexonstruction the opposition literal-v.

Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature. Om, the most distinctive element in Derrida, is of course the element that has appealed to some of the experts about texts — literary critics.