New Criticism


Definition of New Criticism

: an analytic literary criticism that is marked by concentration on the language, imagery, and emotional or intellectual tensions in literary works

Other Words from New Criticism

New Critic noun
New Critical adjective

First Known Use of New Criticism

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of New Criticism was in 1941

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“New Criticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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