Definition of Deconstruction

1. Noun. A philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning.

Exact synonyms: Deconstructionism
Category relationships: Philosophy, Literature
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Deconstruct



Definition of Deconstruction

1. Noun. a philosophical theory of textual criticism; a form of critical analysis ¹

2. Noun. The destroying or taking apart of an object; disassembly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deconstruction

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Literary usage of Deconstruction

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1. Conceptions of Social Inquiry by J. J. Snyman (1993)
"Chapter 11 deconstruction Introduction Bert Olivier The question of defining deconstruction involves a paradox: on the one hand the request for a definition ..."

2. Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development by Jane L. Parpart, Patricia Connelly, Eudine Barriteau (2000)
"Postmodernism is a western deconstruction of western modernism, ... This task we might term the deconstruction of the West (using a fashionable term but ..."

3. Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction by Tony Stead (2006)
"We gave the children who were researching the same animal the option of working in pairs to do the same deconstruction, but told them they each needed to do ..."

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