Close Reading Transformed: The New Criticism and the World

Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241071 | DOI:
Close Reading Transformed: The New Criticism and the World

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Most of the striking accounts of particular poems and of poetry itself during the past century were broadly formalist in character, whether they went by the labels of semiotics, the New Criticism, structuralism, or poststructuralism. Seen from the twenty-first century, these are all manifestations of the same approach, according to which to consider a poem as a poem is to render history, ideas, textuality, and nearly everything else into the terms of form and to treat formal concerns as primary. In Berger' ambivalent and deeply considered account of the New Criticism, he anatomizes several of these as “postulates” about the works under observation.

Keywords: semiotics; New Criticism; structuralism; poststructuralism; poem; Berger

Chapter.  4286 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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