Deconstruction According to Lehman

The term deconstruction is commonly associated with the critic Jacques Derrida, who spearheaded the idea that all texts are ambiguous and that they are subjects for conflicting interpretations. This critical approach allows the readers to point out multiple layers of meaning at work in a language, without minding the historical contexts and the biographical background of the author. Because this approach asserts several contradictory interpretations in a single text, it supports the main thesis that language is unstable and ambiguous.

In the four essays of David Lehman which concerns about deconstruction, he presented the concept of deconstruction with finesse that a common reader would relate and understand them.

The essays started with an observation and the personal inquiry of the writer David Lehman about current issues in the humanities. It is maneuvered in a light but alarmingly tone as if inviting the readers to read on the text. The writer does not readily address his own opinion about using deconstruction as a hermeneutic approach. Here, the writer just opted to illustrate vivid, credible situational features from the issues initially presented: demoralized state of humanities, decline in the public’s ability to read and write and finally the grave issue that everybody is putting too much premium on criticizing literatures and texts rather than creating them.

Here the writer was able to present how the very act of deconstruction achieves power, widely occurring among intellectual and academic individuals. Lehman managed to include the general viewpoint of deconstruction, by presenting his general thesis statement (and this statement would definitely resonate all throughout the four essays): that deconstruction unduly dismantles texts and that it can be a ruthless, severe activity. Deconstruction approach enables critics to exercise their literary power, as they can show ‘ no reluctance to exercise the prerogatives of authority’ when cticizing a literary work.

A few critical issues are explicitly addressed in the essay: how we change our views on deconstruction over time, the overusage of the deconstruction approach, and even the deconstruction of the canonical works. Other diehard deconstructionists would also try to debunk all concepts available in their hands, but the author pointed out that not all concepts and ideas are meant to be analyzed or criticized using the deconstruction approach. One thing that I could think of that deconstructionists should not (or cannot) deconstruct is the Continue reading

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Artistic and Anachronistic!

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

This anime is so cool – it’s artistically anachronistic and totally unique in its own treatment of the samurai culture with a twist of the modern culture. I’m talking, of course, of Samurai Champloo, which is a total revision of the stereotypical ‘samurai atmosphere’.

For one thing, from the title itself, ‘champloo’ (chanpuruu) literally means to ‘mix’, ‘mingle’ or ‘combine’ – so the title itself gives the viewers a hint of what’s the anime about – there is a certain kind of acculturation or adoption of the samurai culture in the modern hip-hop culture (or is it the other way around?).

While Rurouni Kenshin’s (Samurai X) fictional setting takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan, Samurai Champloo takes place during Japan’s Edo period.

Still, one of the anime’s distinct characteristics is mixing modern elements such as hip-hop and rap music, break dancing, graffiti as well as the punk culture. It’s a deconstruction of the classic samurai images, sort of.

Like many other anime series, there is a conclusion to the anime, but there is no hint for any successive anime seasons for it either. Definitely, one of the must-see anime show for everyone!

Steel Power

I just recently watched Discovery channel’s episode of Megastructures, featuring the Beijing International Airport, and I love it!

I’m really amazed on how the other countries progress in terms of their engineering technologies.Sometimes, I would imagine myself standing before a scene of a huge bare landscape – me wearing a yellow hard hat, and holding a piece of welded metal and witnessing other people driving bulldozers all over the place.It had always been my childhood dream, riding those engines, manipulating buttons, building bridges, riveting metals… constructing and deconstructing things literally (the later part is quite literary, *smirks) etc…

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