affective fallacy

according to the followers of New Criticism, the misconception that arises from judging a poem by the emotional effect that it produces in the ...
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Affective fallacy

Affective fallacy is a term from literary criticism used to refer to the supposed error of judging or evaluating a text on the basis of its emotional effects on a reader. The term was coined by W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley as a principle of New Criticism. ==The Concept== The concept of affective fallacy is an answer to the idea of impressioni...
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