‘What is Deconstruction?’

Earlier I tweeted a link to an essay by Nicholas Royle which poses the question ‘What is Deconstruction?’. The essay is a trenchant, witty letter to the editors of Chambers Dictionary about the weakness of their definition of the term. Royle writes:

I offer a hypothesis: your definition is haunted by the anxiety that, with deconstruction, the very possibility of a dictionary explodes.

I’m linking here to the essay┬ábecause it is so fucking great. Derrida eventually became unhappy with the privilege attached to the term ‘deconstruction’, just one of many important concepts in his texts. It is a term resistant of easy definition. Derrida wrote ‘deconstruction loses nothing from admitting that it is impossible’, that it is ‘an experience of the impossible’.

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