Literary Theory: Deconstruction II (Lecture 11 of 26)

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Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300) In this second lecture on deconstruction, Professor Paul Fry concludes his consideration of Derrida and begins to explore the work of Paul de Man. Derrida's affinity for and departure from Levi-Strauss's distinction between nature and culture are outlined. De Man's relationship with Derrida, their similarities and differences--particularly de Man's insistence on "self-deconstruction" and his reliance on Jakobson--are discussed. The difference between rhetoric and grammar, particularly the rhetoricization of grammar and the grammaticization of rhetoric, is elucidated through de Man's own examples taken from "All in the Family," Yeats' "Among School Children," and the novels of Proust. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Derrida and Levi-Strauss 10:37 - Chapter 2. Writing and Speech 16:06 - Chapter 3. Paul de Man and Nazism 24:37 - Chapter 4. Similarities Between De Man and Derrida 33:35 - Chapter 5. De Man and Derrida: Differences 39:24 - Chapter 6. Examples: "All in the Family," Yeats, and Proust Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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