Formalism & close reading

Formalism & close reading - 1 English 101 Formalism...

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1 English 101 Jan. 11, 2008 T ERMS Formalism New Criticism New Formalism Close Reading New Criticism—Structuralism—Deconstruction/Poststructuralism—New Historicism P ASSAGES “The natural and sensible starting point for work in literary scholarship is the interpretation and analysis of the works of literature themselves” Rene Wellek and Austin Warren (1942) “The formalist critic knows as well as anyone that poems and plays and novels are written by men—that they do not somehow happen—and that they are written as expressions of particular personalities and are written from all sorts of motives—for money, from a desire to express oneself, for the sake of a cause, etc. Moreover, the formalist critic knows as well as anyone that literary works are merely potential until they are read—that is, that they are recreated in the minds of readers, who vary enormously in their capabilities, their interests, their prejudices, their ideas. But the formalist critic is
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Collen during the Spring '08 term at Simon Fraser.

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