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a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning

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It is a thorough, well-informed, tightly argued criticism of the political implications of deconstructionist thought.
Conversely, deconstructionists argue that meanings and definitions are not absolute but involve the spin-of a potentially endless play of signifiers rather than a concept tied firmly to the tail of a particular signifier.
But the deconstructionist mysticism differs from the medieval in one key respect: its complete substitution of liberal purposes for God's.
Derrida's was only one of many anguished, exculpatory responses by deconstructionists to the revelations about de Man's flirtations with Nazism.
Hillis Miller, Stanley Fish, and other deconstructionists who have critiqued established notions of truth and certainty is the logical fallacy, whereby they argue for the truth of the proposition that there is no truth.
Barbara Johnson's 1984 "Metaphor, Metonymy, and Voice" marks the novel's adoption by deconstructionists; this unquestionably canonical essay (along with Johnson's equally powerful 1985 essay "Thresholds of Difference: Structures of Address in Zora Neale Hurston," not included in the Casebook) offers an exhilarating deconstructionist tour through the novel, showing deconstruction at its best, by both opening a text and challenging its readers.
Deconstructionists gleefully propounded oxymetaphors through the 1980s and 1990s, although the momentum of deconstruction had slowed.
Iurii Murashov argues that the supposed similarities between Bakhtin and Derrida and the deconstructionists are invalid for they have fundamentally different conceptions of the Logos.
Deconstructionists, pragmatists and New Historicists certainly make assertions and criticize opposing views, just as traditional thinkers did.
Tenure-track deconstructionists assure their classes that all aesthetic assumptions about, say, Shakespeare are arbitrary.
When the Seinfeld Show first became a cultural icon, deconstructionists were joyfully proclaiming that it was made in their own image.
He deplores the recent razoring of literature by critics - the tribes of structuralists, postmodernists, deconstructionists.
Deconstructionists everywhere echoed Louis Armstrong on jazz: "If you gotta ask, you'll never know.
On a third reading, the feminists and deconstructionists are making the descriptive claim that certain works of art cannot be fully appreciated if the political context is not brought to the fore--as Devereaux claims is true regarding art about AIDS and women's issues.
no Marxists, no deconstructionists, no positivists, etc.