Deconstruction Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bové, Paul A. “Beckett's Dreadful Postmodern: The Deconstruction of Form in Molloy.” In De-Structing the Novel: Essays in Applied Postmodern Hermeneutics, edited by Leonard Orr, pp. 185-221. Troy, N.Y.: The Whiston Publishing Company, 1982.

Compares Kierkegaard's deconstruction of aesthetic form in his works with that of Beckett in Molloy, concluding that both writers push their readers into unfamiliar territory where they can explore their “own forgotten possibilities.”

Culler, Jonathan. The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1981, 242 p.

Discusses semiotics as a theory of reading and charts its connections to deconstruction criticism.

Fischer, Michael. Does Deconstruction Make Any Difference?: Poststructuralism and the Defense of Poetry in Modern Criticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985, 142 p.

Maintains that deconstruction and other poststructuralist criticism is inspired by a consciousness of the ideological limitations of the academic establishment—which, in turn, feels threatened by it.

Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. “Deconstructive Reflections on Deconstruction: In Reply to Hillis Miller.” Poetics Today 2, no. 1b (winter 1980-81): 185-88.

Responds to an article by Miller in Poetics Today (1980), arguing that structuralism and deconstruction are not mutually exclusive.

Spivey, Ted R. “Flannery O'Connor, the New Criticism, and Deconstruction.” Southern Review 23, no. 2 (spring 1987): 271-80.

Describes O'Connor's interest in intertextual study, linking her with deconstruction criticism.

Taylor, Mark C. Deconstruction in Context: Literature and Philosophy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986, 446 p.

An anthology of philosophical essays—by such figures as Hegel, Husserl, de Saussure, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre—that illuminate the epistemological underpinnings of deconstruction.