‘It’s me here’: Writing the Singular Self, Writing the Postdeconstructive Female Self

  • Fionola Meredith


In the previous chapter, we explored the erasure or deconstruction of subjectivity in contemporary Continental thought, from its origins in Nietzsche and Heidegger to its consequences for the notions of experience, selfhood and self-presence. We formulated a ‘postmetaphysical’ reappraisal of the experiential based on the interpenetration of poststructuralist thinking and hermeneutic phenomenology. Taking inspiration from Paul Ricoeur’s fruitful critical encounters with structuralism and psychoanalysis, this model allows for a ‘critical’ or ‘deconstructive’ moment — distanciation — within lived experience, where the insurmountability of hegemony’s pre-reflective colonisation of experience, as well as the psycho-linguistic conditions of the production of subjectivity are acknowledged. Yet the negativity of the critique is continually opposed and redirected by the moment of reappropriation, the moment when ‘I’ reassert the ‘mineness’ or singularity of my own deictic coordinates which ground my specificity in the play of discourses. These moments — antithetically held in tension — provide the internal dynamic of the experiential, both limiting and enabling the movement of consciousness towards meaning(s).


Female Experience Atomic Core Symbolic Order Narrative Identity Eternal Truth 
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