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date: 20 September 2019

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This article examines the relevance of the concept of deconstruction to ecocriticism. It discusses Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction and contends that deconstruction is not nominalism because it tells us something profound about our actual universe. It argues that deconstruction is the ‘secret best friend’ of ecocriticism, despite how some versions of ecocriticism want to rough up deconstruction, and explains that, like evolution, deconstruction reveals a situation even more mysterious, uncanny, and intimate than other forms of environmental criticism. The article also considers the relevant principles of phenomenology and coexistentialism.

Keywords: deconstruction, ecocriticism, Jacques Derrida, evolution, environmental criticism, phenomenology, coexistentialism

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