Différance means to both defer and differ. Originally suggested by Jacques Derrida as a Postmodernist critical consideration of conventions and aesthetics, to the writer, it alludes to the French différer (defer and differ). Différance can apply to many aspects of writing technique—i.e., a creative writer will both defer and differ from linguistic convention in order to form individual voice and additional meaning within the narrative as well as deferring and differing from axioms in order to create intimacy and irony. (“Cogito et Histoire de la Folie”)
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