“The Intentional Fallacy” was published by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley in their book The Verbal Icon in It is widely considered a landmark. Intentional Fallacy. William K. Wimsatt Jr. & Monroe C. Beardsley., revised in. The claim of the author’s “intention” upon the critic’s judgement has been chal-. Introduced by W.K. Wimsatt, Jr., and Monroe C. Beardsley in The Verbal Icon Intentional fallacy, term used in 20th-century literary criticism to describe the.

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To ask other readers questions about The Intentional Fallacyplease sign up. Andreia rated it liked it Jun 10, Written as a series of independent essays between andThe Verbal Icon was finally published as a cohesive work after Wimsatt revised some of the original versions in The critical reader’s analysis or evaluation of this evidence is open to verification or debate by other readers.

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It is closely related to aesthetics, the philosophical study of beauty and taste. Beardsley in The Verbal Iconthe approach was a reaction to the popular belief that to know what the author intended—what he had in mind at the time of writing—was to know the correct interpretation of the work. A reader may be mislead into going outside of the original text in order to gain information that may or may not reveal the author’s intention. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”.

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It gives a firm perspective to begin critical examination of any piece of literature. Wimsatt and Beardsley assess three possible types of evidence that can be used to interpret literature and explain how these three types intsntional not equally valuable or valid for literary criticism. Please try again later.


During his lifetime, Wimsatt became known for his studies of eighteenth-century literature Leitch et al. A critical reader may be tempted to use this reflection to argue that the kntentional is in a sense “about” Donne’s interest in the new science of the Renaissance, or about the changing worldview of the Renaissance.

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In addition to claiming that one should reject the idea of an author’s intention in order to attain an understanding, Wimsatt and Beardsley also affirm that “[t]he poem is not the critic’s own and not the author’s” Summary of Love is a F The fact is there is no real connection between intent and interpretation, as art is not a transparent medium, and even if it was prosaic communication there is no guarantee that what you meant to say is what you actually said. The unfortunate side effect is that this view strips the artist themselves of all value; it implies that only the product of their creation is of any importance.

If a reader-researcher uncovers such information and uses it to define the meaning of a literary work, for Wimsatt and Beardsley that meaning is essentially a private revelation of limited public validity.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Moreover, discovering such sources of literary material in the personal or cultural life of the author provides little or no aid to understanding the meaning of the poem.

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A summary of the physi It is for fallcay reason that Wimsatt and Beardsley argue that if such notes or allusions generally are acknowledged by the critical reader they “ought to be judged like any other parts of composition” This page was last edited on 14 Wimmsattat untentional Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It could also include historical information or background about the time period or culture when a piece of literature was produced. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Control of A Rehabilit Yet Wimsatt and Beardsley again warn of the danger of such material wimastt from or distorting the more primary internal evidence of a text. Feb 06, Arya rated it it was amazing. Plus, how could we validate this intent? Mary Sue rated it liked it Jul 01, But, in my view, the final authority should always be in the work itself, which I’m glad is supported intebtional.


Wimsatt was interviewed, along with Walter J. There is a gross body of life, of sensory and mental experience, which lies behind and in some cases causes every poem, but can never be and need not be known in the verbal and hence intellectual composition which is the poem.

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But whether or not that intent made its way into the work is irrelevant. A John Donne poem “A Valediction: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Jade rated it really liked it Dec 16, I don’t get why my university was saving it up for the final semester of Masters! In one quatrain of the poem, Donne uses astronomical intenttional that may reflect changing Renaissance attitudes toward science. Which doesn’t matter, anyway, according to Wimsatt and Monroe. What if the work intended to be bad? If not careful, these notes can become external evidence.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Forbidding Mourning” illustrates this danger. Internal evidence, then, is not only found within the text itself but it also comprises elements of the structure wismatt the text.