Although his conclusions modify deconstructionist theories
, his method is to conduct his argument in a Derridean play of puns, conceits, misreadings of words, altered punctuation, analogies, and unexpected associations.
Based on the linguistic theories of Ferdinand de Saussure and the deconstructionist theories
of Jacques Derrida, poststructuralism is centered around the idea that language is inherently unreliable and thus cannot possess absolute meaning in itself.
Morrison contextualizes "corrupt" language as historically specific, even against deconstructionist theories
which atemporalize and universalize language.
Crowther thus supplements deconstructionist theories
with Merleau-Ponty's neglected notion of 'embodiment' which he sees as offering 'a foundational but flexible philosophy of perception and art, which avoids the sceptical reductionism of poststructuralist approaches, yet without falling into naive philosophical realism' (p.
Zachary Sayre Schiffman does not pretend to have an answer to all of the real questions that structuralist and deconstructionist theories
raise concerning the validity - or even the possibility - of historical interpretation, but he does demonstrate the dangers of dispensing with the idea of historical development as a means of ordering and conceptualizing history.