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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Contextual criticism:

A form of criticism which views the literary text as a self-contained verbal structure. Akin to the New_Criticism, contextualism holds that a work of art generates self-referential meanings within its own internal and autonomous context. Its proponents include Cleanth Brooks, Eliseo Vivas, and Murray Krieger.

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