vocab 2 Flashcards

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1. affective fallacy
judging of a work of art in terms of its results, especially its emotional effect; term introduced to describe "confusion between poem and its result (what it is and what it does)"
2. ambiguity
the state of having more than one meaning, with resultant uncertainty as to the intended significance of the statement
3. explication de texte
a method--which originated in teaching of literature in France--involving the painstaking analysis of meanings, relationships, and ambiguities of words, images, and other small unites that make up a literary work
4. figures of speech
uses of language that depart from customary construction, order, or significance; rhetorical figures & tropes
5. intentional fallacy
judging of meaning of success or a work of art by the author's expressed or ostensible intention in producing it
6. irony
broad term referring to the recognition of a reality different from appearance
7. New Criticism
applies to the criticism practiced by John Crowe Ransom, etc, it is derived from Ransom's book which discusses a movement in America in the 1930s that paralleled movements in England (whole body of criticism that concentrates on the work of art as an object in itself; finds in it a special kind of language opposed to--or at least different from--the languages of science of philosophy and subjects it to close analysis
8. paradox
statement that although seemingly contradictory or absurd may actually be well-founded or true
9. tension
term introduced by Allen Tate, meaning integral unity that results from successful resolution of the conflicts of abstraction and concreteness, of general and particular, of denotation and connotation
10. trope
figure of speech involving a 'turn' or change of sense-- use of a word in a sense other than the literal; in this sense, figures of comparison as well as ironical expressions
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