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Section II: Academic Practices

Perhaps the most crucial underlying practice by which literary scholarship values and evaluates texts is 'close reading'. Surprisingly, this value practice has been little theorised and remains a fetishised concept in scholarship, criticism, and beyond, often echoing its alleged peak in New Criticism. This section on 'academic practices' thus looks at how this hermeneutic and didactic technique has spread to almost all humanities disciplines in the 20th century. It will develop a value-praxeological understanding of close reading and discuss its ideological and transdisciplinary transformations, especially regarding the global circulation of this practice.