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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A deconstruction of the Twinkie might go something like this: First, there is a certain unabashed nakedness about them.
▪ A more contemporary comparison might be deconstruction, which tries to subvert the text by turning its own unacknowledged premises against it.
▪ Imagine that you are writing an essay, and want to refer to what Norris says about deconstruction.
▪ In fact, he suggests that speech act theory and deconstruction complement, rather than contradict, each other.
▪ In literary theory they emerge as Marxism, phenomenology, existentialism, structuralism, poststructuralism, deconstruction.
▪ Michael Ryan has looked for a rapprochement between deconstruction and Marxism.
▪ Similarly, structural analysis is replaced by deconstruction which also questions its objects rather than reflecting them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

deconstruction \de`con*struc"tion\ (d[-e]`k[u^]n*str[u^]k"sh[u^]n), n. 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. This method questions the ability of language to represent a fixed reality, and proposes that a text has no stable meaning because words only refer to other words, that metaphysical or ethnocentric assumptions about the meaning of words must be questioned, and words may be redefined in new contexts and new, equally valid and even contradictory meanings may be found. Such new interpretations may be based on the philosophical, political, or social implications of the words of a text, rather than solely on attempts to determine the author's intentions.

Syn: deconstructionism.

2. the process of criticising or interpreting a text by the method of deconstruction[1].

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1973, as a strategy of critical analysis, in translations from French of the works of philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). The word was used in English in a literal sense from 1865 of building and architecture, and in late 1860s sometimes as an ironic variant of Reconstruction in the U.S. political sense.


n. 1 A philosophical theory of textual criticism; a form of critical analysis that emphasizes inquiry into the variable projection of the meaning and message of critical works, the meaning in relation to the reader and the intended audience, and the assumptions implicit in the embodied forms of expression. 2 The destroying or taking apart of an object; disassembly.


n. 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 [syn: deconstructionism]


Deconstruction is a critical outlook concerned with the relationship between text and meaning. Jacques Derrida's 1967 work Of Grammatology introduced the majority of ideas influential within deconstruction. In the 1980s, the Postmodernism era, deconstruction was being put to use in a range of theoretical enterprises in the humanities and social sciences, including law anthropology, historiography, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psychoanalysis, feminism, and LGBT studies. In the continental philosophy tradition, debates surrounding ontology, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, hermeneutics, and philosophy of language still refer to it today. Within architecture, it has inspired deconstructivism, and it remains important in general within art, music, and literary criticism.

Deconstruction (Meredith Brooks album)

Deconstruction is the third album by the American singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks, released in 1999 in music.

Deconstruction (building)

In the context of physical construction, deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, repurposing, recycling, and waste management. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building by the most expedient means. Deconstruction has also been defined as “construction in reverse”. The process of dismantling structures is an ancient activity that has been revived by the growing field of sustainable, green method of building. Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle. Deconstruction focuses on giving the materials within a building a new life once the building as a whole can no longer continue.

When buildings reach the end of their useful life, they are typically demolished and hauled to landfills. Building implosions or ‘wrecking-ball’ style demolitions are relatively inexpensive and offer a quick method of clearing sites for new structures. On the other hand, these methods create substantial amounts of waste. Components within old buildings may still be valuable, sometimes more valuable than at the time the building was constructed. Deconstruction is a method of harvesting what is commonly considered “ waste” and reclaiming it into useful building material.

Deconstruction (Deconstruction album)

Deconstruction is the only record released by the band of the same name, consisting of guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric Avery from Jane's Addiction, plus drummer Michael Murphy. They wrote the album soon after splitting from Jane's Addiction, the other half of which went on to form Porno for Pyros at the same time. The executive producer was Rick Rubin.

Deconstruction (disambiguation)

Deconstruction is a philosophical theory of textual criticism.

Deconstruction may also refer to:

  • Deconstruction (building), the process of manually taking down a building
  • Deconstruction (band), a rock band formed by former members of Jane's Addiction
  • Deconstruction (Meredith Brooks album), a 1999 album by Meredith Brooks
  • Deconstruction (Cloroform album), 1998 album
  • Deconstruction (Deconstruction album), an eponymous album released by the rock band Deconstruction in 1994
  • Deconstruction (Devin Townsend Project album), a 2011 album by the Devin Townsend Project
  • "Deconstruction" (song), a song by the band Pitchshifter from their 1992 album Submit
  • "Deconstruction", the sixth song on the Nevermore's 1999 album, Dreaming Neon Black
  • Deconstruction Records, a UK record label
  • Deconstruction Tour, a trans-European punk tour and sports festival
  • Deconstructed (Bush album), a compilation album
  • Deconstructed (EP), an EP by Kesha
  • Dconstructed, a Disney remix album
  • Dimensional deconstruction, a method in theoretical physics to construct d-dimensional theories that behave as higher-dimensional theories in a certain range of energies
Deconstruction (band)

Deconstruction was a band formed by former Jane's Addiction members, guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric Avery. Originally their former Jane's Addiction bandmate drummer Stephen Perkins was slated to be Deconstruction's drummer but instead joined Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's new band Porno for Pyros. Drummer Michael Murphey was instead recruited for percussion duties.

The band, all Los Angeles residents, recorded material in a studio somewhere along the Big Sur coastline in California and released a self-titled LP in 1994 to little public appeal and varied critical acclaim. This came in marked contrast to Porno for Pyros, who were consistent with their lukewarm reviews, despite their relative popularity.

Deconstruction released only one self-titled album and one promotional single, "L.A. Song", and did not tour due to Eric Avery reportedly being still weary from extensive touring in Jane's Addiction.

A British band of the same name sought to legally stop Eric Avery and company from using the name Deconstruction, but dropped threats of legal action when they were assured the Californian trio's album would be a one-off project.

Dave Navarro went on to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers later that year and participate in Jane's Addiction reunions in 1997 and 2001. Eric Avery remained in the background for fifteen years prior to joining the high-profile resurrection of the original Jane's Addiction line-up in 2009. In between times he played bass for Garbage and Alanis Morissette's band, he auditioned for the vacant bass chair in Metallica after Jason Newsted's departure (a position since filled by Robert Trujillo), but mainly focused on writing and recording in his band Polar Bear, and his own solo work thereafter.

Today, the Deconstruction album is considered a cult masterpiece. In the book, Don't Try This at Home, written by both Neil Strauss and Navarro, Navarro describes the band as "more of an artistic experiment than anything else. We didn't have songs; some people viewed us as geniuses and others viewed us as fools. And, personally, I could see the rationale behind both points of view very clearly."

Deconstruction (Devin Townsend Project album)

Deconstruction is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the third of six albums in the Devin Townsend Project series. The album features two drummers, Dirk Verbeuren and Ryan Van Poederooyen, as well as a number of guest vocalists.

The album's choral and orchestral parts were written and arranged by Townsend using Pro Tools software. The parts were later transcribed into conventional musical notation for the orchestra.

The album was released on June 20, 2011, simultaneously with the fourth Devin Townsend Project album Ghost, on Townsend's independent record label HevyDevy Records.

Usage examples of "deconstruction".

I would interpret slightly differently is his conceptualization, following Brown, of the stages of meditation as a deconstruction of the previous structures.

In the final analysis, the donjuanesque journey does not in any way intend an escape from chronology, rather a playful deconstruction and reconstruction of it.

But maybe it was because I was contemplating that act of deconstruction that I noticed a gap on the top shelf of the etagere next to the TV.

In other words, the deconstruction of the historia rerum gestarum, of the spectral reign of globalized capitalism, reveals the possibility of alternative social organizations.

Insofar as the absolute disjunction of the literary and the nonliterary had been the root assumption of mainstream Anglo-American criticism in the mid-twentieth century, deconstruction emerged as a liberating challenge, a salutary return of the literary text to the condition of all other texts and a simultaneous assault on the positivist certitude of the nonliterary, the privileged realm of historical fact.

Prince Myshkin reveal opposing kinds of responses, one of which moves toward Slavophilism and the other toward the at present un-Russian deconstructions of psychoanalytic and feminist theory.

Nagarjuna, the deconstruction of relative truths leaves not nihilism but Emptiness: it clears away the conceptual rubble in the mind's eye and thus allows the space of nondual intuition to disclose itself, and thus it follows to the limit the whole point of the IOU game: if you don't want to be a complete self-contradiction, then you must come to rest in infinite Emptiness, which alone redeems all IOUs, and which alone sets the soul free on the ocean of infinite Mystery.

Leon Gantz had only laid the foundations of biological cementation and deconstruction.

It is the radical deconstruction of all conceptualizations whatsoever that paves the way for pure intuition (prajna) of Shunyata (Emptiness or Openness).

We carry our old videotapes with us like a crown of thorns, and we whisper advanced academic deconstructions to each other over the Internet like the French Underground.

These stories often read like anti-adventures, deconstructions or critiques of the "old stuff" -- not necessarily to denounce it, but to accommodate the adventure story to a modern sensibility.

The same Reason that allowed the deconstruction of the dominator hierarchies inherent in the mythic structure could also, with the same tools, collapse the Kosmos in favor of the cosmos.

That's Ritalin, revised textbooks, ultra-intolerance, socialist indoctrination, deconstruction of patriotism, censorship of conservative ideas, and a host of other mental gymnastics they expect students to perform until they're completely lost.

What deconstruction puts into question is the desire to find a final resting place, in either wholeness or partness or anything in between.