autotelic

October 31, 2008 at 9:00 am (Uncategorized)

autotelic (adj.) – having a purpose in and not apart from itself

“New Criticism refers to T.S. Eliot and I.A. Richards and F.R. Leavis and Cleanth Brooks and Wimsatt & Beardsley and the whole autotelic Close Reading school that dominated literary criticism from the Thirties to well into the Seventies.”

Wallace, David Foster. “Authority and American Usage.” Consider the Lobster. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007. p 85.

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