Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples


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In literature, deconstructionism takes into account both _______________.

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1. In literature, a binary is ___________.

2. According to deconstructionism, we can never know the true definition of something because we tend to define things ___________~.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Deconstructionism is an approach to literature that challenges readers to examine their assumptions and understanding of words and ideas when reading a text. The quiz /worksheet combo lets you test your understanding on the theory of deconstructionism, its role in literary analysis and its significance in understanding language and culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The principles of deconstructionism
  • Definition and significance of a binary
  • Deconstructionism's view of objective reality
  • The concept of differ'ance

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use your understanding of deconstructionism to answer questions about how this theory suggests readers should analyze literary texts.
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms such as violent hierarchies and differ'ance
  • Making connections - use your understanding of deconstructionism to examine accounts of historical events
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of the deconstructionism to examine literary classics in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on deconstructionism in literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the deconstructionist approach to literature
  • Define a deconstructionist binary
  • Understand how deconstructionism views the structure of a literary text
  • Understand the social consequences of binaries
  • Explain how deconstructionism facilitates a more nuanced analysis of literature