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new criticism

(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 of new criticism
First recorded in 1940-45
Related forms
new critic, New Critic, noun Unabridged
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new criticism

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