Criticism: Deconstruction In Philosophy And History - Essay

Edward Said, M.-R. Logan, Eugenio Donato, et al (essay date fall 1979)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Said, Edward, M.-R. Logan, Eugenio Donato, et al. “An Exchange on Deconstruction and History.” boundary 2 8, no. 1 (fall 1979): 65-74.

[In the following conversation following a presentation, Said, Logan, Donato, and others discuss some theoretical implications of deconstruction for the study of history.]

I'm sorry, I'm not sure that I can be as brief as you would like, because I have a number of things to say on what both of the speakers have said. I think these things are important for the general discussion of critical theory that we have been having here. Now, as you know, I have a great admiration for both of your work, and...

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David B. Allison (essay date fall 1979)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Allison, David B. “Destruction/Deconstruction in the Text of Nietzsche.” boundary 2 8, no. 1 (fall 1979): 197-222.

[In the following essay, Allison examines elements of deconstruction theory in several texts by Nietzsche, also commenting on Derrida's interpretation of those texts.]

The paper I'd like to present—“Destruction/Deconstruction in the Text of Nietzsche”—is composed of two parts, two quite different parts. The first and shorter part deals with the issue of a deconstructive style within the text of Nietzsche, and the second is concerned with such an operation as performed upon Nietzsche's text—i.e., by someone else...

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Jonathan Culler (essay date autumn 1979)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Culler, Jonathan. “Semiotics and Deconstruction.”1Poetics Today 1, no. 1-2 (autumn 1979): 137-41.

[In the following essay, Culler examines the interplay between deconstruction methodology and semiotics, noting that semiotics can benefit from “the most rigorous pursuit of logic” in the text that is the hallmark of deconstruction.]

The moment when semiotics is becoming well-established in America—a subject of conferences, a topic of university courses, and even a domain to which people in various traditional disciplines are beginning to relate their own work—is also, as is perhaps only appropriate, a moment when semiotics finds itself under...

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Christina M. Howells (essay date 1989)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Howells, Christina M. “Derrida and Sartre: Hegel's Death Knell.” In Continental Philosophy II: Derrida and Deconstruction, edited by Hugh J. Silverman, pp. 169-81. London: Routledge, 1989.

[In the following essay, Howells discusses the textual interplay between the works of Hegel, Sartre, and Derrida—with Derrida attempting to refute Sartre, and both Derrida and Sartre attempting to refute Hegel.]

Ils ne savent pas qu'en fait ils décapitent, pour ainsi dire, l'hydre.

(Jacques Derrida, Glas, p. 118)

Derrida and Sartre spend much of their philosophical energy in a...

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Walter Benn Michaels (essay date 1999)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Michaels, Walter Benn. “‘You Who Never Was There’: Slavery and the New Historicism—Deconstruction and the Holocaust.” In The Americanization of the Holocaust, edited by Hilene Flanzbaum, pp. 181-97. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

[In the following essay, Michaels uses the example of the treatment of the Holocaust by American academics as an example of the importance of upholding cultural myths.]


The title of this section is derived from Paul Veyne's Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths?—a book that I read several years ago, first with great eagerness...

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