theoretical criticism


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theoretical criticism

a critical approach or doctrine that examines a literary work in the light of certain theories of literature or uses the text as a support for the development of literary theory. Cf. practical criticism.
See also: Criticism
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What this book offers instead is an accessible and often fascinating history that eschews the theoretical criticism that can often work to marginalise the role of the public in shaping the media and resolutely places them at the centre of the narrative.
The book includes essays that offer theoretical criticism on Baker's works and help readers understand and appreciate it.
An important element of Fletcher's analysis is the easy recuperation of literary and theoretical criticism from the early and mid-twentieth century.
These eleven papers on Edmund Spenser's poetry, life and thought, and on recent approaches to his work illustrate the developing trend away from theoretical criticism toward historical criticism.
Instead of a complacent discourse about so far accepted aesthetic verities, new aestheticism presents a fundamental challenge to old-style aesthetics, that is, the politically impregnated, grossly reductive, elitist modes of committed theoretical criticism.
In so doing, it becomes a study very much of this historical moment in the history of literary criticism and scholarship--and it brings scholarship on Hardy's poetry, for the first time, into the challenging and difficult arenas opened up by theoretical criticism.
In recent years, Habermas has seemed "to abandon any theoretical criticism of capitalism," Muller says, "instead focusing on the importance of law in modern societies and on the relationship between liberalism and democracy.
Postmodernism's "fabled openness and decenteredness" has been preempted by a theoretical criticism that tells us what postmodernism means as "unequivocally as Brooks and Warren once told us what the word 'design' means in a Robert Frost poem by that name.
272) found in much Marxist analysis, may fortify the ironclad categories related to class, but it simultaneously opens the door to external theoretical criticism.
This is perhaps a theoretical criticism, which should in no way detract from the admirable comprehensiveness of this work and the thoroughness with which he has surveyed the field, or from the impartiality that characterizes his criticism and general appraisal.
Essex is well known for its 'Sociology of Literature' conferences (1976-84), and for the resulting publications which constituted an important (and for many, the only) real forum for the enabling and articulation of an emergent theoretical criticism in England.
The other papers are, by contrast, models of sobriety and decorum though Stein Haugom Olsen, in the course of an interesting if polemical piece on atheoretical criticism and theoretical criticism, is justifiably waspish about some literary theorists.

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