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Irony on OccasionFrom Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man$
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Kevin Newmark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240128

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.001.0001

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“What is Happening Today in Deconstruction”

“What is Happening Today in Deconstruction”

(p.242) Ten “What is Happening Today in Deconstruction”
Irony on Occasion

Kevin Newmark

Fordham University Press

“Deconstruction” shares with “irony” at least one irreducible feature: in both cases, it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to formalize a definition that would not by the same token disfigure beyond recognition the very thing it aims to identify for thought. This chapter approaches the chance encounter between deconstruction and irony by asking not only what is called deconstruction but also by asking whether what is called deconstruction also always calls for deconstruction. One possible response is offered by the term “la dé-construction” itself, since it can be shown to lend itself at one and the same time to a straightforward historical description and to an occasion for deconstructing the concept of history. As a disruptive occurrence or happening, deconstruction—as well as irony—can be no thing, but rather must always announce itself precisely as that which unpredictably intervenes in and alters things as they are or believed to be.

Keywords:   Deconstruction, Irony, Definition, “la dé-construction”, Occurrence, Happening, Chance, Occasion, Disruption, History

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