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explication de texte

[ek-splee-kah-syawn duh tekst] /ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst/
plural explications de texte
[ek-splee-kah-syawn duh tekst] /ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
an approach to literary criticism involving close examination, analysis, and exposition of the text of a work, and concentrating on language, style, content, and the interrelationships of the parts to the whole in regard to meaning and symbolism.
Origin
literally, explanation of text
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explication de texte

/ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst/
noun (pl) explications de texte (ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst)
1.
a close textual analysis of a literary work
Word Origin
literally: explanation of (the) text
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a method of literary criticism involving a detailed examination of each part of a work, such as structure, style, and imagery, and an exposition of the relationship of these parts to each other and to the whole work. The method was originally used to teach literature in France and has since become a tool for use by literary critics in other countries, particularly by practitioners of New Criticism

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