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Cambridge School

Cambridge School  

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The name sometimes given to an influential group of English critics associated with the University of Cambridge in the 1920s and 1930s. The leading figures were I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Q. D. ...
cultural materialism

cultural materialism  

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[Th]The theory of cultural causation in which technology, economics, and environment are considered the independent variables.
cultural studies

cultural studies  

The critical analysis of the texts and practices of everyday life in contemporary society: an interdisciplinary enterprise involving both the humanities and the social sciences. Its territory (in the ...
explication

explication  

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Most generally, a synonym for explanation. More specifically, the explication of a concept is the process of revealing its nature without giving an explicit definition, but for instance by describing ...
F. R. Leavis

F. R. Leavis  

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(1895–1978)British literary critic and university teacher. He was made a CH in 1978.Leavis was educated at Cambridge, first at the Perse School and then at Emmanuel College, where he taught from ...
I. A. Richards

I. A. Richards  

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(1893–1979),critic and poet, became a fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1929, then in 1931 moved to Harvard, where he devoted many years to the study of linguistics and education. He was the ...
New Criticism

New Criticism  

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An important movement in American literary criticism during 1935–60, characterized by close attention to the verbal nuances of lyric poems, considered as self‐sufficient objects detached from their ...
new Historicism

new Historicism  

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A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contradistinction from ‘old’ ...
reader-response theory

reader-response theory  

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A view of literary interpretation associated with the American critic Stanley Fish. It holds that meaning does not reside in the text, but in the mind of the reader. The text functions only as a ...
Scrutiny

Scrutiny  

A Cambridge periodical which ran for 19 volumes, 1932–53, edited by L. C. Knights, Donald Culver, Denys Thompson, D. W. Harding, and others, but dominated largely by F. R. Leavis; a 20th issue, with ...
Seven Types of Ambiguity

Seven Types of Ambiguity  

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A critical work by W. Empson, published 1930, rev. 1947, 1953; one of the most enjoyable and influential offshoots from I. A. Richards's experiments with practical criticism.Empson uses the term ...
Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton  

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(1943– ),literary theorist, critic, and philosopher, born in Salford, Greater Manchester, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Much influenced by his Cambridge tutor Raymond Williams, he became ...
William Empson

William Empson  

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(1906–84)Britishliterary critic, often regarded as one of the greatest of his generation, and poet. A keen and intuitive exponent of ‘close reading’, Empson is often associated with New Criticism and ...

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