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New Criticism Syllabification: New Crit·i·cism

Definition of New Criticism in English:

An influential movement in literary criticism in the mid 20th century that stressed the importance of focusing on the text itself rather than being concerned with external biographical or social considerations. Associated with the movement were John Crowe Ransom (who first used the term in 1941), I. A. Richards, and Cleanth Brooks.

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