Breaking Out Of Derrida's Penile Colony


Introduction by the editor.

This phrase isn’t recursive:  deconstructing deconstructionism.  The reason is that the verb is meant in its original meaning (i.e., to take apart a construction), and the noun is a reference to a particular, academically trendy school of thought—one that many people believe really needs taking apart. 

One of the selection criteria for publication in Nebula is whether the work contributes to the break down of artificial intellectual borders:  between art and science, between the visual and the literary arts, between the academic and the artistic.   The last mentioned is a notable characteristic of the current feature:   To again use the word in its original meaning, this piece deconstructs the wall separating scholar from creative writer. 

The author, Dr. Wayne Borody, is a professor of philosophy with training in—and an obvious respect for—classical Greek philosophy, but he is no desiccated, reactionary academic, and this piece of writing is no dry-as-dust discourse.  In the process of analyzing Derrida and the Deconstructionist approach to the founders of Western Philosophy, Borody comfortably moves from classical scholarship to contemporary radical literary theory to concrete poetry and back again to the roots of our civilization.  Along the way the egocentric and subjective (or, to use the jargon, “aporetic”) Deconstructionism of Derrida gets run over.  “And ’bout time, Praise the Lord!”, cry the creative writers, most of whom are sick and tired of being 'deconstructed'. 

One suggestion for the casual reader approaching this unusual piece of writing:  Jump to page 12 before beginning at the beginning.  This should supply the motivation to follow the closely reasoned text that precedes it. 

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