Deconstruction - Derrida

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jun 22, 1998 - Criticism - 256 pages
In this introduction to the work of Jacques Derrida, Julian Wolfreys challenges the notion that what Derrida does can be turned into a theory for literary interpretation. He questions the belief in a critical methodology called deconstruction which can be applied to literary texts in a programmatic fashion. Wolfreys introduces the reader to the range of Derrida's interests and concerns, while tendering readings, informed by Derrida's thought of canonical and less well-known literary works. He works through considerations of what deconstruction might or might not be, while offering a critical appreciation of the reception of Derrida's work within the institution of literary criticism.
 

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Contents

Deconstruction if such a thing exists
1
Good reading as such
9
The MakeBelieve of a Beginning
21
Derridas Interests
60
Singular Examples
18
The City as the Haunt of Writing
38
Heart? of Darkness? Reading in the Dark with J Hillis Miller
59
Some Supplementary Afterwords
94
Annotated Bibliography 206
106
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