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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While Davis relies especially upon the work of Martin Heidegger, she also comes into extended meaningful contact with Sharon Cameron, Jane Bennett, and the traditions of (all types of) historicism and materialism, arguing for a new type of formal criticism that is indebted to, though separate from, most current scholarship.
Formal criticism has tended to neglect Deaths for the Ladies, but the text may be seen to serve as a kind of shorthand portfolio of Mailer's recurring themes and tropes at the beginning of the 1960s.
As Macnamara argues, "Woolf understood that readerly curiosity about the lives of authors would continue to encourage textual circulation more than formal criticism ever could" (92).
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.

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