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canon

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A body of approved works, comprising either (i) writings genuinely considered to be those of a given author; or (ii) writings considered to represent the best standards of a given literary...

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corpus

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A related ‘body’ of writings, usually sharing the same author or subject-matter. See also canon, oeuvre.

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Geneva school

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A group of critics associated with the University of Geneva at various times since the 1940s. Its most prominent figure has been the Belgian critic Georges Poulet, while in the USA J....

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motif

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies — Maritime History.

A recurring theme, idea, or element in a work of art or an artist's oeuvre. In French art, artists who painted in the open air were sometimes described as painting ‘sur le motif’.

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provenance

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The record of the ownership of a movable work of art. An unbroken provenance accounts for the whereabouts of a work from the time of its creation to the present day, and the nearer a work's...

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