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A Touch More RareHarry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation$
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Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.001.0001

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Close Reading Transformed: The New Criticism and the World

Close Reading Transformed: The New Criticism and the World

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(p.115) Chapter 9 Close Reading Transformed: The New Criticism and the World
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A Touch More Rare
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Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.003.0010

Most of the striking accounts of particular poems and of poetry itself during the past century were broadly formalist in character, whether they went by the labels of semiotics, the New Criticism, structuralism, or poststructuralism. Seen from the twenty-first century, these are all manifestations of the same approach, according to which to consider a poem as a poem is to render history, ideas, textuality, and nearly everything else into the terms of form and to treat formal concerns as primary. In Berger' ambivalent and deeply considered account of the New Criticism, he anatomizes several of these as “postulates” about the works under observation.

Keywords:   semiotics, New Criticism, structuralism, poststructuralism, poem, Berger

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