Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction

Deconstruction The Truth in Painting (1987) In 1905 Paul Cézanne wrote to the younger artist, Emile Bernard, “I owe you the truth in painting and I will tell it to you.” One can immediately imagine how Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) would have seized upon such a...

Jean-François Lyotard and the Figural, Part Two

Discours/Figure (1971) Part Two: Veduta In 1971, in the wake of Jacques Derrida’s 1966 presentation Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, the Deconstruction of Structuralism was well under way....

Jean-François Lyotard and the Figural, Part One

Discours/Figure (1971) Part One Perhaps because Jean-François Lyotard was a prolific and sometimes too hasty writer (as he termed himself), the reader is a witness to the development of the philosopher over time. Discours, figure was translated into English decades...

Postmodernism and Heteroglossia, Part Two

POSTMODERNISM AND HETEROGLOSSIA PART TWO Hybridity and Pluralism In her 1966 essay, “Word, Dialogue and Novel,” Julia Kristeva (1941-) privileged the term “Text,” insisting that the subject is composed of discourses, created by a signifying system.  The...

Écriture Féminine: Luce Irigaray

ÉCRITURE FEMININE PART THREE: THE TAIN OF THE MIRROR   LUCE IRIGARAY (1930 – ) Women are outside all systems; they are stranded in the “eternal,” the “natural,” or the “essential.” Outside of history and beyond the reach of progress, women exist as the...
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