Deconstruction Today: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Secret

Derek Attridge

in Reading and Responsibility

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652112 | DOI:
Deconstruction Today: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Secret

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This chapter begins by following Jacques Derrida, writing in ‘Some Statements and Truisms’, in distinguishing between deconstruction and deconstructionism. Deconstruction without the -ism is something else – indeed, ‘it’ is not a ‘thing’. The spread of Derrida's work has been remarkable: no figures have been found about the number of languages into which it has been translated, but it is no doubt the equal of any twentieth-century philosopher or cultural critic. Running counter to the Derridean influence on postcolonial studies is a strong current of resistance by those who feel that the pursuit of ‘theory’ has been to the detriment of material analysis and actual achievements on the ground. The secret of literature is closely connected, for Derrida, to his understanding of democracy.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; deconstruction; deconstructionism; literature; secret; postcolonialism; democracy

Chapter.  7517 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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