Formalist Criticism Part One: What is Formalist Criticism?


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Formalist Criticism Part One: What is Formalist Criticism?
Formalist criticism is a critical approach to literature that differs from other forms of literary criticism such as biographical criticism or historical criticism in that it does not focus on the context within which the literary work was created; rather it centers on the mechanics that a writer uses to achieve the written expression.
On what do Formalists focus?
Use of syntax, rhetorical devices, tone and other literary elements are evaluated by the formalist critic to evaluate literature. For the formalist, the work itself is the focus of the evaluation, not the cultural, historic, or symbolic results of the work. The way the work is...
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.....phasizes the narrative without heavy handedness.
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