S.L. Goldberg

S.L. Goldberg is a Professor in the History of Ideas Unit at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is the author of The Classical Temper: A Study of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’.

The Deconstruction Gang

S.L. Goldberg, 22 May 1980

In reviewing a book on literary theory recently, a noted American structuralist, Jonathan Culler, drew a stern line between the sort of assumptions about literature that might do for ordinary ‘readers’ and those that are currently giving ‘vitality’, as he put it, to ‘literary studies’. The point is well taken; and it also casts a certain light on the present book, Deconstruction and Criticism, as well as on the general condition (and conditions) of American academic ‘vitality’.

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