New Criticism

The New Criticism was a critical movement in the second third of the twentieth century, particularly in America. Among the major figures in the movement were Monroe C. Beardsley, R. P. Blackmur, Cleanth Brooks, T. S. Eliot, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and W. K. Wimsatt.

New Criticism stressed the important of treating works of literature ??? The New Critics warned readers about the dangers of what Wimsatt and Beardsley called the Intentional Fallacy and the Affective Fallacy — both drew readers' attention away from the text itself.


From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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