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Firstly, there can be seen a marked preference for formal criticism of poetry, especially during the Communist period.
Solomon discussed the history of art appreciation from the age of Louis XIV to more formal criticism, beginning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, of the post-impressionists and on through modern surrealists and abstract expressionists.
While there was no formal criticism, there has been the appearance of adverse comment in some quarters.
The remaining chapters continue to draw upon Doyle's extensive knowledge of Gaines's cosmos and focus sharply on close readings of individual novels and short-story collections, grounded in the belief that "no critic of Gaines can avoid formal criticism and still be true to his work.
This footnote could scarcely be more revealing of the intellectual solipsism at the heart of Booth's non-interactive formal criticism.
Michael Fried, "Modernist Painting and Formal Criticism," The American Scholar 33 no.

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