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Excellence and division
The deconstruction of institutional politics
in Rethinking the university
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This chapter presents important deconstructive studies of the university, to pursue the issues attendant upon, the deconstructibility of an institutional politics of opposition, and the different challenges and possibilities afforded by the deconstructibility of the university's institutional set-up itself. In the beginning of his book The University in Ruins, Bill Readings recognises that the discourse of excellence which typifies, organises, and represents the Western university in the late twentieth century is at bottom non-ideological, politically non-partisan, in orientation or determination. Peggy Kamuf's The Division of Literature, Or, The University in Deconstruction approaches the question of the university by way of a close analysis of the complex history of literary study in the modern university. Deconstruction can be publicly censured only by the taking of certain liberties that in fact bind the offended party to the very same kinds of practices that they wish to condemn in deconstruction.

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