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(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.

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Origin of new criticism

First recorded in 1940–45
new critic, New Critic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for new criticism

new criticism

noun

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