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Deconstruction For Beginners (For Beginners) [Paperback]

By Jim Powell & Joe Lee (Illustrator)
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Deconstruction is so labyrinthine that it has become the monster that murdered philosophy. When Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, uses buzzwords such as “phallogocentrism” and “transcendental signified,” humanities students and aspiring philosophers may get weak in the knees.
Following the success of his For Beginners title Derrida, Jim Powell's Deconstruction is an irreverent romp through deconstructive domains. Though Powell offers lucid explanations of the most important deconstructive ideas and texts, he also dives into lesser-known works. One of these, The Right to Look, finds Derrida offering his thoughts on a photo-novella consisting of images of women making love with each other. Powell then goes on to explore how deconstruction has escaped Derrida, especially in the realm of architecture. Then, based on Derrida's assertion that deconstruction happens differently in different cultures, Powell examines how – through Buddhism and Taoism – deconstruction took place in ancient India, Japan, and China.

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Pages   155
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 8, 2008
Publisher   For Beginners
ISBN  1934389269  
ISBN13  9781934389263  

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Carnivalesque  Oct 23, 2005
Derrida once said that he approved of the comic book treatments of his thought because they bypass and subvert the offical channels of knowledge proffered at universities. Powell's carnivalesque treatment of Derrida is certainly planted firmly in that groove.
Deconstruction for Globetrotters  Aug 14, 2005
This book offers something for readers who know nothing of deconstruction, but also something for those who have read a lot about it. I have read a lot of books on deconstruction, but this is the only one that shows how deconstruction has worked in different cultures--notably, China and India. Besides, it is irreverent and hilarious, at one point inserting some Derridean quotes on ethics into an ribald erotic situation. The parallels between Nagarjuna's Madhyamika Buddhism and deconstruction are fascinating.

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