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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A method of literary evaluation and interpretation practiced chiefly in the mid-1900s that emphasizes close examination of a text with minimum regard for the biographical or historical circumstances in which it was produced.

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  • noun literary criticism based on close analysis of the text

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Examples

  • Exponents of New Criticism captured the flag in the halls of academe around the middle of the last century and made "close reading" all the rage.

    Slow Notion

  • Exponents of New Criticism captured the flag in the halls of academe around the middle of the last century and made "close reading" all the rage.

    Slow Reading: An Antidote for a Fast World?

  • Why can't you apply pre-existing theories like say New Criticism, feminism which I've only recently learned is more than just women's lib, but also has interesting discussions of gender and society, or mythic archetypes?

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Why can't you apply pre-existing theories like say New Criticism, feminism which I've only recently learned is more than just women's lib, but also has interesting discussions of gender and society, or mythic archetypes?

    Do We Need A New Poetics For Philippine Spec. Fic.?

  • What Attridge has done, really, is provide a model for a kind of literary criticism that is based on some of the tenets of aestheticism and New Criticism, but is balanced with other types of reading and interpreting that bring in various kinds of context: history, politics, economics, ethics, etc.

    Archive 2005-07-01

  • What Attridge has done, really, is provide a model for a kind of literary criticism that is based on some of the tenets of aestheticism and New Criticism, but is balanced with other types of reading and interpreting that bring in various kinds of context: history, politics, economics, ethics, etc.

    Inadequacies of Allegory

  • Shakespeare's language - and by the fact that one must, as the proponents of the New Criticism argued, engage in a series of close readings to tease out the various levels of "meaning" in each poem, rather than simply enjoying or appreciating what they say on the surface.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Drawing upon this idea of a deeper order beneath an apparent disorder, several of our essays argue for the possibility of a more open-ended and looser conception of literary form than the one championed by the New Criticism, with its ideal of the perfectly integrated work of literature.

    Mises Institute Daily Articles (Full-text version)

  • Beginning in the 1960s, a reaction against the New Criticism set in.

    Mises Institute Daily Articles (Full-text version)

  • The problem with New Criticism is that it gave the impression that poems have very little to do with our lives, and also require special training to

    PoetryFoundation.org

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