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


A view of literature and criticism propagated by the Chicago School -- Ronald S. Crane, Elder Olson, Richard McKeon, Wayne Booth, and others -- which takes a pluralistic attitude toward the history of literature and seeks to view literary works and critical theories intrinsically, that is, in terms of their enabling assumptions about genre and form. Neo-Aristotelianism emphasizes the principles that inform the structure of a work and the generic and formal classifications that govern its construction, that make it, in Crane's phrase, "a beautiful and effective whole of a determinate kind."

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