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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


A term used by Jacques Derrida to describe a science of the written sign as an entity in itself. Antiphonocentric (that is, refusing to privilege speech over writing) and antilogocentric (that is, refusing to look for a "presence," or "ultimate referent," for any reality extrinsic to language), grammatology sees writing as a free play of signifiers. (See also Deconstruction.)

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