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new criticism

noun
1.
(often initial capital letters) an approach to the critical study of literature that concentrates on textual explication and rejects historical and biographical study as irrelevant to an understanding of the total formal organization of a work.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
Related forms
new critic, New Critic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for new-criticism

new criticism

noun
1.
an approach to literary criticism through close analysis of the text
Derived Forms
new critic, noun
new critical, adjective
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