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affective fallacy


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


A term central to N ew criticism , which derives from the title of an essay by W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe C. Beardsley, “The affective fallacy” (1949). The essay seeks to promote an “objective criticism” in which attention is directed exclusively to the artifact itself. Its purported “classical objectivity” (as against “romantic reader psychology”) concerns itself with giving an account of the poem (the New Critics tend to privilege P oetry in their work, but the concept is equally applicable to other genres) as the cause of an emotion, rather than of the emotion expressed or effected by the poem. 1949 ( 1954 ): “ The affective fallacy.” peter widdowson . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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