affective fallacy


noun

a proposition in literary criticism that a poem should be analyzed and described in terms of its own internal structure and not in terms of the emotional response it arouses in the reader.

Nearby words

  1. affectional orientation,
  2. affectionate,
  3. affectionately,
  4. affective,
  5. affective disorder,
  6. affective psychosis,
  7. affectively,
  8. affectivity,
  9. affectless,
  10. affenpinscher

Origin of affective fallacy

First recorded in 1945–50

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