New Criticism:The Challenger, the Winner, and the Lasting Legacy
Butler, Glenn W.
Lethbridge Undergradulate Research Journal
New Criticism emerged in the early twentieth century from a field of literary theory dominated by Marxism and Impressionism; it rejected both of these from its start. In a bold statement of purpose, J.E. Spingarn sketched out the essence of New Criticism when he strongly emphasized the need for literary theory to return to literature as its basis and its particular context, rather than bringing in outside, non-literary interests. Despite some noted New Critics adhering to this principle less consistently than others, New Criticism itself gained adherents quickly and eventually grew to dominate literary theory.
Twentieth century , Marxism , Impressionism
Butler, Glenn W. (2006). New Criticism: The Challenger, the Winner, and the Lasting Legacy. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, 1(1).