A method of literary criticism that assumes language refers only to itself rather than to a reality outside of a text, that asserts multiple conflicting interpretations of a text, and that bases such interpretations on the philosophical, political, or social implications of the use of language in the text rather than on the author's intention. ( “Deconstructionists take things apart and look at them from many different perspectives. At some point, they insist that there is no grounded perspective, that all perspectives compete, and that we can ill afford to choose one over the other. This led us to the concept of pluralism and postmodernism.” (Terms of Art:

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