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Deconstruction: Theory and Practice has been acclaimed as by far the most readable, concise and authoritative guide to this topic. Without oversimplifying or glossing over the challenges, Norris makes deconstruction more accessible to the reader. The volume focuses on the works of Jacques Derrida which caused this seismic shift in critical thought, as well as the work of North American critics Paul de Man, Geoffrey Hartman, J. Hillis Miller and Harold Bloom.
In this third, revised edition, Norris builds on his 1991 Afterword with an entirely new Postscript, reflecting upon recent critical debate. The Postscript includes an extensive list of recommended reading, complementing what was already one of the most useful bibliographies available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415280105
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Series: New Accents Series
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,245,096
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff, Wales.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
1 Roots: structuralism and New Criticism 1
From Kant to Saussure: the prison-house of concepts 4
New Critic into structuralist? 7
Roland Barthes 8
Beyond New Criticism 15
2 Jacques Derrida: language against itself 18
Blindness and Insight: deconstructing the New Criticism 22
Language, writing, differance 24
Culture, nature, writing: Rousseau and Levi-Strauss 32
3 From voice to text: Derrida's critique of philosophy 41
Phenomenology and/or structuralism? 47
4 Nietzsche: philosophy and deconstruction 55
Nietzsche, Plato and the sophists 59
Deconstruction on two wheels 60
Writing and philosophy 63
Beyond interpretation? 66
Nietzsche and Heidegger 67
Nietzsche's umbrella 69
5 Between Marx and Nietzsche: the politics of deconstruction 73
Derrida on Hegel 74
Marxism, structuralism and deconstruction 77
Nietzsche contra Marx? 82
Foucault and Said: the rhetoric of power 84
6 The American connection 89
Deconstruction 'on the wild side': Geoffrey Hartman and J. Hillis Miller 91
Paul de Man: rhetoric and reason 99
Deconstruction at the limit? 104
'Ordinary language': the challenge from Austin 107
Harold Bloom 114
Derrida and Bloom on Freud 121
7 Conclusion: dissenting voices 124
Wittgenstein: language and scepticism 127
Afterword (1991): further thoughts on deconstruction, postmodernism and the politics of theory 134
Postscript to the third (2002) edition 156
Notes for further reading (1982) 179
Bibliography (including works cited) 190
Index 225
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