Affective fallacy



a proposition in literary criticism that a poem should be analyzed and described in terms of its own internal structure and not in terms of the emotional response it arouses in the reader.
noun

in literary criticism, the theory that poetry’s internal structure should be analyzed and described as opposed to its emotional effect on the reader; also, the misconception that a poem’s emotional effect on the reader determines its value

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  • Affectively

    of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional. causing emotion or feeling. Historical Examples affectively she was remarkably frank, sometimes a little surly, or she showed a slight empty uneasiness. Benign Stupors August Hoch adjective (psychol) relating to affects concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection affective af·fec·tive (ə-fěk’tĭv) adj. Concerned with or […]



  • Affectivity

    of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional. causing emotion or feeling. Historical Examples Nor does he contribute much likely to be of permanent value in any part of the wide domain of affectivity. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud adjective (psychol) relating to affects concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection […]

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