David (davidbub) wrote in lit_criticism,

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Deconstruction!!!! One of my personal favorites. I remember spending quite a bit of time studying the Structuralists such as Saussure and Levi-Strauss (ick!) There are definitely some interesting things brought up by Structuralism, but as for the art and creativity of literature/language, they really limited themeselves by focusing on structure, instead of the ways in which the stucture is confused or broken, which is what Derrida brings to light. My previous philosophy instructor was actually studying or working in France and had actually worked with Derrida for a while. I thought that was pretty cool. I think one of the essays or lectures I'm most familiar with is Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences and it really has a lot of Deconstrucion ideology in a nutshell. I dont' know what everyone else has read, but this is good stuff. There are some points that I'm still confused on, and hopefully this community will help bring some of these things into clarity. I love the idea that these binary opposites, which Structuralists love, have centers. friendship/enmity is a binary that is based on some central structure, fixing these concepts into place. I would think that Deconstruction allows for the center to be supplanted by others, which means that there is "play" in ideas and language, literature in general. I don't want to rant too much, but I would like to hear other ideas as well!
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