New Formalisms and Literary Theory
Verena Theile, Linda Tredennick
From Close-Reading to Cross-Reading: Sacco-Vanzetti Poetry and the Politics of the New Formalism
Place of Publication
Formalism (literary analysis)
English Language and Literature
New Formalisms and Literary Theory examines the political motivations of a return to formalism. Together with our contributors, we want to propose and challenge the conception of New Formalism as an extension of contextual readings and as a 'mere' return to aesthetic readings. The essays gathered here encourage reflection upon New Formalism's points of intersection with other theoretical approaches and demand a reinstatement of form as the critic's central focus, form, that is, as it reflects a culture's creative imagination and historicizes itself within and against a politically charged background.
Brinkman, Bartholomew, "New Formalisms and Literary Theory" (2013). FSU Bookshelf. 4.