Saturday, 1 November 2014

Intentional Fallacy - Meaning and defenition( Wimsatt and Beardsley)

                           This was a term enunciated by william k wimsatt and Monroe C Beardsley in an essay published in 1954 , The verbal Icon. Broadly speaking, it was a term used in 20th century literary criticism to refer to the practice of formulating interpretations on the expressed or implied intentions of authors,
a practice  that is judged to be erroneous. They were the proponents of New Criticism and therefore they argued that a work of literature should be regarded as an object that is self contained and should be studied as such. They believed that it was helpful to learn what an author intended, but the critic's real purpose was to show what was actually there in the text and not what the author intended to put there.
                        
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