formal criticism


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formal criticism

a critical approach, doctrine, or technique that places heavy emphasis on style, form, or technique in art or literature, seeing these as more important than or even determining content.
See also: Criticism
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Perhaps the most radical coherency offered by David Antin's book of "essays on art and literature" is his interspersing of talk pieces, edited transcripts of extemporaneous speeches that Antin usually publishes as poetry, with more formal criticism.
On Tuesday, the Roma deportation issue led to heated debates in the European Parliament but to no formal criticism of France on part of the European Commission.
Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan, reporting from Beijing, said the Chinese were trying to stall on backing any formal criticism of its ally, fearing the potential fallout of streams of North Korean refugees pouring over its border if the North Korean government falls apart.
Firstly, there can be seen a marked preference for formal criticism of poetry, especially during the Communist period.
Solomon discussed the history of art appreciation from the age of Louis XIV to more formal criticism, beginning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, of the post-impressionists and on through modern surrealists and abstract expressionists.

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