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Against Deconstruction

By (author) John M. Ellis
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 30th Nov 1989
Dimensions: h 230mm
Weight: 393g
ISBN-10: 0691067546
ISBN-13: 9780691067544
Barcode No: 9780691067544
"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 naivete 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"

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"Ellis argues with force and clarity. . . . [He] concludes that what Deconstruction provides is largely an emotional bonus--it gives its adherents 'a routine way to a feeling of being excitedly shocking.' They get the feeling that might attend a genuine piece of original thinking, but here it can be achieved without comparable effort."--"London Review of Books"