chapter  3
CRITICISM AND MEANING
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The failure of each of these theoretical assaults on expressive realism to break with the commonsense view of language meant that while each in turn had a fashionable following, and while New Criticism even came to prevail as an orthodoxy, particularly in the United States, common sense has continued to flourish and expressive realism, with only minor concessions to its opponents, survived largely unscathed. The New Critics, Northrop Frye and the reader-theorists stayed within the empiricist-idealist problematic, and in doing so they permitted an easy eclecticism, a critical practice which appropriated and reconciled elements from some or all of them, without being compelled to confront the implications of its own assumptions and presuppositions.