explication de texte


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ex·pli·ca·tion de texte

 (ĕk-splē-kä-syôN də tĕkst′)
n. pl. ex·pli·ca·tions de texte (-syôN)
A method of literary criticism in which the interrelated details of a written work are examined and analyzed in an effort to understand its structure and discover meanings.

[French : explication, explanation + de, of + texte, text.]

explication de texte

(ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst)
n, pl explications de texte (ɛksplikɑsjɔ̃ də tɛkst)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a close textual analysis of a literary work
[literally: explanation of (the) text]

ex•pli•ca•tion de texte

(ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst)

n., pl. ex•pli•ca•tions de texte (ɛk spli kɑ syɔ̃ də ˈtɛkst)
a method of close analysis of a literary text concentrating on language, style, content, and textual interrelationships.
[1930–35; < French: explanation of text]
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Noun1.explication de texte - a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaningexplication de texte - a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
literary criticism, criticism - a written evaluation of a work of literature
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There are in fact moments when her approach is reminiscent of the explication de texte, as ideas are put forward and techniques employed which an alert candidate could apply elsewhere.
He was also a hard-line "New Critic," which meant he stressed explication de texte and eschewed any recourse to an author's life or times.
The second explication de texte sets out to show intertextuality (Genesis, Plato)--why not?
Screech employs the method of explication de texte, a careful reading of Marot's writings, and particularly his use of scripture, to determine at what point and how thoroughly Marot converted to the reformed faith.