(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.
Compare explication de texte.
Origin of new criticism
First recorded in 1940–45
Related formsnew critic, New Critic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for new criticism
an approach to literary criticism through close analysis of the text
Derived Formsnew critic, nounnew critical, adjective
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