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intentional fallacy

(in literary criticism) an assertion that the intended meaning of the author is not the only or most important meaning; a fallacy involving an assessment of a literary work based on the author's intended meaning rather than on actual response to the work.
Also called intentionalism [in-ten-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nlˌɪz əm/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
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intentional fallacy

term used in 20th-century literary criticism to describe the problem inherent in trying to judge a work of art by assuming the intent or purpose of the artist who created it.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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