M. H. Abrams (essay date spring 1977)
SOURCE: Abrams, M. H. “The Deconstructive Angel.” Critical Inquiry 3, no. 3 (spring 1977): 425-38.
[In the following essay, which many critics consider the strongest and most influential critique of deconstruction, Abrams points out the limitations of deconstruction in literary criticism.]
—If the Abysm
Could vomit forth its secrets:—but a voice
Is wanting …
—Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
We have been instructed these days to be wary of words like “origin,” “center,” and “end,” but I will venture to say that this...
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