1 Answer | Add Yours
Deconstructionism and the `high theory` branch of postmodernism have been criticized from the perspectives of neo-pragmatism, speech act theory, historicism, and cultural studies. Neo-pragmatists argue that deconstructionists do not pay sufficient attention to the disciplinary construction of literary knowledge (see Stanley Fish for this line of critique). John Searle criticizes Derrida, in a well-known set of debates, for lack of attention to the social and intentional nature of the speech act. Historicists argue that deconstruction, and much of the related `high theory` of the 1970s and 1980s ignored the historical situatedness of literary texts. From a cultural studies perspective, it can be argued that deconstruction does not take into account how race, class and gender affect production and reception of literary texts.
We’ve answered 318,982 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question