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New Criticism By Hines, Andy

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1205-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 20 April 2024, from


Formed in response to philological, historical, and moral methods of teaching literature in the mid-1930s, the New Criticism was an American critical movement that insisted poetry should be read as a distinctive object of communication, not a moralizing lesson or a biographical example. The New Critics sought to make the formalist interpretation of poetry the focus of literary education. While their hermeneutics de-emphasized the role of politics, history, and authorial intent, the push for the acceptance of criticism in the academy was part of a political effort to preserve tradition in the face of mass culture.

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Hines, Andy. New Criticism. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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