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Theoretical InquiryLanguage, Linguistics, and Literature$
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Austin E. Quigley

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101669

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101669.001.0001

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Literary Theory and Linguistic Theory

Literary Theory and Linguistic Theory

(p.17) Chapter 1 Literary Theory and Linguistic Theory
Theoretical Inquiry

Austin E. Quigley

Yale University Press

This chapter examines whether key limitations in deconstruction's procedures can be used to clarify general problems of pluralistic engagement in a manner that enables us to learn from previous difficulties. It argues that failure to recognize and understand the tendency of literary studies to oscillate between extremes, the demise of deconstructive relativism, was followed immediately by the emergence of new monisms in cultural studies which will simply be the prelude to the emergence of yet another claim for unfettered critical freedom followed by yet another for privileged contextual control.

Keywords:   deconstruction, literary theory, linguistic theory, deconstructive relativism, pluralism

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