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Re: Deconstruction
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1335  Tuesday, 1 July 2003

[1]     From:   Sally Drumm <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 12:41:03 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 13:15:24 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction

[3]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jun 2003 17:36:59 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction [Will S?]


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From:           Sally Drumm <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 12:41:03 -0400
Subject: 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction

Takashi Kozuka quoted Derrida, I believe, as saying:

"To think of deconstruction as a 'method' is to pull it back to the
orbit of those traditional concepts and categories which (as Derrida
argues) have organized the discourse of Western reason from the time of
its ancient Greek inception."

Derrida is going to have to go back to the drawing board and come up
with something new since Deconstruction has long been adopted by
culturists as "method."  Deconstruction has become a relic along with
empires and republics, like all things Western eventually do.

Sincerely,
Sally Drumm

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 13:15:24 -0400
Subject: Re: Deconstruction
Comment:        SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction

Don Bloom writes,

'I can express my experience of the world through my use of language.
But the experience itself is handled other where.'

There is no 'experience itself.'

T. Hawkes

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jun 2003 17:36:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction [Will S?]
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1315 Re: Deconstruction [Will S?]

Takashi Kozuka writes, "It is true that deconstruction is often regarded
and taught as a theory or concept, but I would like to draw your
attention to what Christopher Norris (another contributor to
_life.after.theory_) wants to say about it: 'Derrida has good reason for
resisting any attempt, on the part of his disciples and commentators, to
reduce deconstruction to a CONCEPT definable in terms of method or
technique....'"

Here we go again?  The circular logic of deconstruction, with no end and
no end in sight.  What, pray thee tell all, does deconstruction have to
do with Will S?  Can anyone apply it, in theory and in practice?  Of
course not, because deconstruction is based ON THE THEORY [so sorry
about the emphasis!] that an author's biography is irrelevant to the
application.  And then, within sentences into any application, as it
pertains to an essay, and pages into any application, as it pertains to
a book, the deconstructionist is trying to CONSTRUCT what the author
meant by his words.

So much for theoretical non-theory!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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