Taking a Look at Literary Deconstructionism

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What is literary deconstructionism? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary deconstructionism is the “literary analysis that questions the fundamental conceptual distinctions, or “oppositions”, in Western philosophy through a close examination of the language and logic of philosophical and literary texts”. In other words it means that the reader makes the text what they want it to be, they cannot assume that the writer is implying anything by the words he has written; the text can have a different meaning to each person that reads it. Deconstructionism has been closely related to the postmodernism era as they both tend to resist definition or classification. According to Clark Morrow in the July 2007 The Vocabula Review, most people consider the theory that “words are very indistinct tokens of meaning; and can yield any number of meanings” as deconstructionism, while others call it postmodernism; as stated previously these two literary eras’ are closely linked. Deconstructionism theory states that can be no misinterpretation of what you read, the writer may intend to have one meaning of the text but each person that reads it can all take away different meanings from it. Deconstructionism began in the mid 1960’s, and peaked during the 1970’s; by a man name Jacques Derrida. Derrida was born in July 1930 in El Bian, Algeria and died October 8, 2004 in Paris, France; he graduated with his baccaulaureat’ in 1948 from the Jewish lycee`. After graduation he went on to the

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