Definition of poststructuralism in English:



  • An extension and critique of structuralism, especially as used in critical textual analysis.

    • ‘Many contemporary writers are familiar with the procedures of post-structuralism and deconstruction.’
    • ‘But if Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Lacan, structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism have taught us anything, it is that the category of the individual cannot be treated as a given.’
    • ‘He has published numerous articles on post-structuralism and cultural criticism and is currently writing a book on popular fiction and film.’
    • ‘And as personal life loses its grip on the imagination, the energy once invested in psychoanalysis migrates to identity politics, post-structuralism, and other postmodern points.’
    • ‘The chapter on post-structuralism and postmodernism moves from the structuralist belief in underlying structures, to the post-structuralist abandonment of this position.’
    • ‘And after structuralism / post-structuralism broke everything, how could anything be shattered more completely than it had been already?’
    • ‘Of course, my philosophical sensibilities also got rubbed the wrong way when semiotics arrived on the scene, and then got rubbed even further in the wrong direction by post-structuralism.’
    • ‘With the advent of post-structuralism in the later 1970s, the attack on the idea of the self was rephrased in terms borrowed from Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.’
    • ‘This text is seen as a classic one in the way that Continental post-structuralism has problematized the foundations of philosophical and political thought.’
    • ‘Its destruction by the influx of European post-structuralism into American universities in the 1970s was a cultural disaster from which higher education has yet to recover.’
    • ‘Because postmodernism is associated with a suspicion of meta-narratives, intellectual tendencies such as post-structuralism, relativism and pragmatism have been labeled postmodernist.’
    • ‘The emergence of post-structuralism in the 1960s had radical implications for humanist thinking and the ideas of personhood.’
    • ‘It must be recognized that while relations between structuralism, post-structuralism, and history became extremely complex, processes of disciplinary border crossing still took place.’
    • ‘These two shifts are fundamentally related in that the structuralist focus on the function of Western epistemology leads directly to post-structuralism's ontological dominant.’
    • ‘It is true to say that much of modern architectural theory is derived from literary theory and post-structuralism of the late '90s.’
    • ‘Some say we have veered from our training and subject matter (‘gone over to the enemy’ of post-structuralism, as one questioner put it to me).’
    • ‘If many in the late 1970's and early 1980's thought the case for synthesis was fairly clear, post-structuralism has made matters rather more complicated.’
    • ‘Language-based approaches, such as semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism, are not vision-based.’
    • ‘Conversely, he does not believe that modern ideologies such as Marxism, post-structuralism, and nationalism are useful tools for the historian of Byzantium.’
    • ‘While many developments in theoretical analysis have superseded structuralism, I use the term post-structuralism in two ways.’