Against Deconstruction

John M. Ellis

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Against Deconstruction

Against Deconstruction The focus of any genuinely new piece of criticism or interpretation must be on the creative act of finding the new but deconstruction puts the matter the other way around its emphasis is on debunking

  • Title: Against Deconstruction
  • Author: John M. Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780691014845
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The focus of any genuinely new piece of criticism or interpretation must be on the creative act of finding the new, but deconstruction puts the matter the other way around its emphasis is on debunking the old But aside from the fact that this program is inherently uninteresting, it is, in fact, not at all clear that it is possible T he naivet of the crowd is dec The focus of any genuinely new piece of criticism or interpretation must be on the creative act of finding the new, but deconstruction puts the matter the other way around its emphasis is on debunking the old But aside from the fact that this program is inherently uninteresting, it is, in fact, not at all clear that it is possible T he naivet of the crowd is deconstruction s very starting point, and its subsequent move is as much an emotional as an intellectual leap to a position that feels different as much in the one way as the other From the book Ellis s elegant and absolutely unsentimental book can serve as a sort of solvent in today s critical debates Not much remains intact binary oppositions, alternative logic, texts as play, and performance, are all subject to rigorous examination In the process, Ellis lucidly restores Saussurean categories so battered and reduced in contemporary criticism to their original complexity Appalled by the growth of a class of critics who appear to risk nothing when they take on a literary text, Ellis challenges every reader under the spell of new vocabularies to stop and think Rarely has scholarly exasperation been put to better or timely use Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

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    1. Ahmed Elsherbiny on said:

      في البداية يلزم التأكيد على أن هذا الكتاب رغم جودته بإجمال، ورغم قيمته كمفتتح لمناقشة أكثر عقلانية حول التفكيك، إلا أنه يفشل بدرجة كبيرة في تقديم نقد فعال للأساس النظري للمشروع التفكيكي، أي التصور الدريدي للغة والخطاب، ويسيء في الحقيقة فهم هذا الأساس في أكثر من موضع. فالكات [...]

    2. Paul D.Miller on said:

      A brilliant takedown of one of the most pervasive intellectual fashions of our era. Anything worthwhile that postmodernism and deconstruction have to offer is readily available without the broader commitments of those movements. This book should be required reading for anyone who ever went to college. It is also a superlative example of how to conduct an argument and how to write clearly.

    3. Dave on said:

      Excellent book, a crucial antidote to all the postmodern rage. Ellis' arguments and methodological critique are expanded further in his later book "Language, Thought, and Logic" where he engages Wittgenstein and Chomsky in depth, with some surprisingly iconoclastic comments about the latter.

    4. sologdin on said:

      not very useful. argues basically that deconstruction must be wrong because it offers no alternatives to what it seeks to unravel. (this is a fallacy, of course.) also thinks that derrida misreads saussurean linguistics, which is kinda a bizarre criticism--though at least it is in itself not scurrilous, unlike the rest of the text. that said, the reading of Saussure does not exhaust deconstruction, which is not really limited to that tidy corner of the intellectual universe.

    5. Özgür Doğan Birol on said:

      This clear set of statements indeed refutes the magical roots of deconstruction "Deconstruction is not a theory it is only a hypothesis." If you are in need to prove this to yourself, this work is for you. (I'm just a person with BS degree with no decent philosophical background but I always encountered with tested&verified postmodern structuralist thinking. And I raised doubts about it.)

    6. Rhonda Keith on said:

      This book requires close reading, but it is a clear and logical argument against the mental and linguistic contortions of postmodernist deconstruction theory. Every graduate student should read this. Undergrads too, especially anyone who's taking classes in the soft subjects.

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