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New Historicism

noun

Definition of New Historicism

  1. :  a method of literary criticism that emphasizes the historicity of a text by relating it to the configurations of power, society, or ideology in a given time

New Historicist adjective or noun


1986

First Known Use of new historicism

1986


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