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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), French Algerian-born philosopher and founder of deconstruction.


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Derrida +‎ -an


  • This was not, I hasten to add, what Derrida himself believed, but unfortunately what was most often represented as "Derridean" was indeed this sort of anti-intellectual nonsense (its anti-intellectualism disguised by much obscurantist theory-ese), the result of which, finally, was the complete loss of credibility on the part of academic literary study and, unfortunately, the labeling of Derrida as the obscurantist-in-chief.

    Philosophy and Literature

  • One wants to sleep with Daddy, for Daddy, within his sight, but rather than be angry about it, one wants to somehow assimilate him into adult, healthy love for the socially acceptable partner--such a tall order to meet, when the certainties of Freudian psychoanalysis have vanished into the ether of Derridean uncertainty!

    Anis Shivani: Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities: What it Takes to Ascend to the Poet Laureateship

  • Coetzee deliberately adopts and adapts the models and theories that ‘lie to hand’ [to make writing possible], inhabiting them in a way that closely approximates the Derridean strategy of deconstruction … just as Magda, narrator of In the Heart of the Country, puts it when describing herself as a hermit crab “that as it grows migrates from one empty shell to another,”

    J.M Coetzee Deconstructed

  • The "voice of authority" is no longer Paulus Orosius himself -- if such a thing is possible to think of, to borrow the Derridean line, and in light of having * just* taught Death of the Author to my undergraduates -- so I'm calling that level of narration/authority the "Translator/Narrator."

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • When the study of literature took "the linguistic turn," as we all remember, such are the vagaries of academic and institutional trends that it was Derridean deconstruction and psychoanalysis, not linguistics, that became the interdisciplinary benchmarks for poetics and narrative theory alike.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Yet the imaginary phonotext — pulling the symbolic field part of the way back toward the real, and thereby obtruding the fact of sound back into the circulations of sema — eludes Dolar's post-Derridean model, with its arrest of all embodied vocality by an abstracting semiosis.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • This shift from propositional content to verbal texture might remind one of the characteristic procedures of Derridean reading, which typically treats the philosophical text as a specifically written thing.

    Rhyming Sensation in 'Mont Blanc'

  • But in this case, at least, Deleuzean reading must differ from Derridean, for it focuses not on the vicissitudes of certain core terms but on the non-signifying features of verbal statement, such as rhythm and sound.

    Rhyming Sensation in 'Mont Blanc'

  • At one point Kirn literally loses his speech, his aphasia a perfect symbol for the disorientation inculcated by academic gobbledygook like Derridean deconstructionism.

    Anis Shivani: Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

  • A marvelous example of Derridean différance, the page break defers the satisfaction of knowledge and assigns meaning to the delay that must ensue while the page is being turned.

    Archive 2009-10-01


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