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

Dialectical criticism:

A Marxist term for the kind of criticism that explores the causal connections between the content or form of literature at a given historical moment and the economic, social, and ideological factors that shape and determine that content or form. Work and background are construed to be dialectically related. (See also Marxist criticism.)

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