Definition of poststructuralism in English:


Pronunciation /pōs(t)ˈstrəkCHərəˌlizəm/ /poʊs(t)ˈstrəktʃərəˌlɪzəm/


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

    Emerging in French intellectual life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, poststructuralism departed from the claims to objectivity and comprehensiveness made by structuralism and emphasized instead plurality and deferral of meaning, rejecting the fixed binary oppositions of structuralism and the validity of authorial authority

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It must be recognized that while relations between structuralism, post-structuralism, and history became extremely complex, processes of disciplinary border crossing still took place.’
    • ‘And after structuralism / post-structuralism broke everything, how could anything be shattered more completely than it had been already?’
    • ‘Language-based approaches, such as semiotics, structuralism, and post-structuralism, are not vision-based.’
    • ‘Many contemporary writers are familiar with the procedures of post-structuralism and deconstruction.’
    • ‘This text is seen as a classic one in the way that Continental post-structuralism has problematized the foundations of philosophical and political thought.’
    • ‘He has published numerous articles on post-structuralism and cultural criticism and is currently writing a book on popular fiction and film.’
    • ‘Because postmodernism is associated with a suspicion of meta-narratives, intellectual tendencies such as post-structuralism, relativism and pragmatism have been labeled postmodernist.’
    • ‘While many developments in theoretical analysis have superseded structuralism, I use the term post-structuralism in two ways.’
    • ‘It is true to say that much of modern architectural theory is derived from literary theory and post-structuralism of the late '90s.’
    • ‘The chapter on post-structuralism and postmodernism moves from the structuralist belief in underlying structures, to the post-structuralist abandonment of this position.’
    • ‘The emergence of post-structuralism in the 1960s had radical implications for humanist thinking and the ideas of personhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conversely, he does not believe that modern ideologies such as Marxism, post-structuralism, and nationalism are useful tools for the historian of Byzantium.’