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

Old criticism:

Criticism predating the New Criticism and bringing extrinsic criteria to bear on the analysis of literature. Refusing to recognize the autonomy of art, such criticism sees literature as authorial self-expression (Romanticism) or critical sell-expression (impressionism) or as parasitic upon moral or ethical absolutes (new humanism). Such criticism blithely commits the affective and intentional fallacies. (See also New Criticism.)

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