"a deconstructionist reading of the play"
Jacques Derrida
Creative Commons AttributionJacques Derrida - Credit: J.Peter Siriprakon

Deconstruction, or deconstructionism, is a form of analysis (mainly textual analysis) initiated by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) during the 1960s.

It is a notoriously difficult concept to explain, but one attempt says that the aim of deconstruction is to 'expose and undermine the oppositions, hierarchies and paradoxes on which particular texts, philosophical and otherwise, are founded'.

For further discussions of the concept, click on the links below:

The Basics of Philosophy: Desconstructionism;

Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: Jacques Derrida;

Derrida's view of deconstruction (Wikipaedia).

... or for a more fun approach, watch the video below!