Post-structuralism is a term I've come across in the last few years of research, yet it is one that's eluded my attempts to retain it. In an attempt to assimilate this knowledge I wanted to write a short post about this term.
Associated, but not inextricably linked, to postmodernism, post-structuralism is hard to define, another similarity to postmodernism.
At heart, post-structuralism is the focus shift from creator to audience and external meaning.
It's basic tenets are;
That the notion of the individual is, at heart, false. The reader is an amalgamation of external sources and influences that form an interpretation of ‘reality’ based on their perspective.
That the author, or artist's, the intention is irrelevant in comparison to the interpretation of the reader, the viewer.
And therefore, due to the perspective reliant nature of interpretation. The use of a variety of sources is vital to the ‘truth’ of a subject
Many of the theorists I have been researching are post-structuralists, including Derrida, Barthes and Foucault. I can now say I am working from a post-structuralist ideology.
This brief note covers a wider range of subjects and theorists, and should, in fact, be on my mind maps.