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Deconstruction: An American Institution

Gregory Jones-Katz


Deconstruction was nothing if not controversial. Was the approach to reading texts a foreign agent, a Trojan Horse, directed to destroy literary education from within? Was it a nihilistic bomb set at the heart of humanistic study? Did it irrationally, to excess, focus on language, undermining Western culture and thought? In this intellectual history, Gregory Jones-Katz historicizes the deconstructive movement, which has been misunderstood, mischaracterized, and left for dead—even as its principles and influence transformed literary studies and a host of other fields in the humanities. Beginnin ... More

Keywords: sixties, university, humanities, literary criticism, deconstruction, feminism, Yale School, institution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226535869
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226536194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Jones-Katz, author
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen