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Glossary of Literary Theory
Applied criticism; explication de texte; the analysis, interpretation,
and evaluation of particular works and writings. In the New
Criticism, practical criticism involves the close reading of individual
texts with particular attention to their intrinsic verbal texture and structure.
In Practical Criticism (1929), I. A. Richards analyzes the responses
of his students to poems unfamiliar to them in order to point out characteristic
errors in interpretation: mnemonic irrelevances, stock responses, doctrinal
adhesions, technical presuppositions, general critical presuppositions,
and so forth.
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