Fish on decon
Post #1153 • April 7, 2008, 4:37 PM • 19 Comments
Required reading for those of us called upon to deal with this sort of thing from Stanley Fish:
The world, and you, will go on pretty much in the same old way. ... This is not the conclusion that would be reached either by French theory’s detractors or by those American academics who embraced it. For both what was important about French theory in America was its political implications, and one of Cusset’s main contentions — and here I completely agree with him — is that it doesn’t have any. When a deconstructive analysis interrogates an apparent unity — a poem, a manifesto, a sermon, a procedure, an agenda — and discovers, as it always will, that its surface coherence is achieved by the suppression of questions it must not ask if it is to maintain the fiction of its self-identity, the result is not the discovery of an anomaly, of a deviance from a norm that can be banished or corrected; for no structure built by man (which means no structure) could be otherwise.
The disease contains the cure, perhaps.