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Re: Deconstruction
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1304  Friday, 27 June 2003

[1]     From:   Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 00:15:23 +0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction

[2]     From:   Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 00:36:43 +0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction

[3]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 22:41:39 0000
        Subj:   Re: Deconstruction


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From:           Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 00:15:23 +0300
Subject: 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction

>After all, how can deconstruction as a theory have any application to
>the works of Will S?  And I have not met a deconstructionist yet who
>didn't apply the theory to an author's biography at some point in their
>house of cards.  When all is said and done, it's a nice little theory
>with, as you say, no empirical application: not even to the works of
>Will S, which, last I noticed, were in the REAL world.
>
>Bill Arnold

You may want to check H. W. Fawkner, Deconstructing Macbeth, 1990. I did
not like Fawkner's deconstruction and thought it faulty
(deconstructively speaking?) at many junctures. Derrida's Spectres of
Marx treats hamlet and is particularly Derridean. Applications (on Drama
in particular) far back include works by Herbert Blau and David
McDonald. Shakespeare is focal to both even though deconstruction seeks
to deconstruct the Canon.

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Date:           Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 00:36:43 +0300
Subject: 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1293 Re: Deconstruction

>In response to the request for a one sentence definition of
>deconstruction:

>"Deconstruction is not synonymous with 'destruction.'  It is in fact
>much closer to the original meaning of the word 'analysis,' which
>etymologically means 'to undo'...The deconstruction of a text does not
>proceed by random doubt or arbitrary subversion, buy by careful teasing
>out of warring forces of signification within the text."  (Barbara
>Johnson, "The Critical Difference," p. 5 cited in Barry, p. 71)

Johnson's statement also appears in her introduction to Derrida's
Dissemination (p. xiv). And it is perhaps a good place to see an
application of deconstruction to drama where Derrida deconstructs
Mallarme's Mime, Pierrot "who is a brother to all the Hamlets haunting
the Mallarmean text" (p. 195).

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Jun 2003 22:41:39 0000
Subject:        Re: Deconstruction

      -- Christopher Nirris, _Derrida_ (1987)

SHAKSPERians who would like to know more about the interview with
Derrida at Loghborough University (which Gabriel mentioned in one of his
posts) can find it in the book entitled _life.after.theory_ (2003). An
online bookshop (in the UK) says one of the contributors to the book is
"Jerrida".

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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