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(kənˈtɛks tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

any theory emphasizing the importance of context in examining or designing a work, as of literature or architecture.
con•tex′tu•al•ist, n., adj.
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a school of literary criticism that focuses on the work as an autonomous entity, whose meaning should be derived solely from an examination of the work itself. Cf. New Criticism. — contextualist, n., adj.
See also: Criticism
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Noun1.contextualism - any doctrine emphasizing the importance of the context in solving problems or establishing the meaning of terms
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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The claim that films reflect their moments of production has traditionally been used to argue against film's ability to treat historical content, yet the author's fusion of contextualism with reception studies provides a refreshing means of reframing the issue within a workable methodology.
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