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


A term used by Jacques Derrida to describe the undoing of any attempt to impose closure or boundaries upon a text. Deconstruction's concentration on the seemingly marginal or inessential aspects of a text seeks to subvert the distinctions between marginal and central, inessential and essential, inside and outside. (See also Deconstruction.)

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