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Antonyms for formalism

the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented

(philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications

the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms

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By and large, modern art does not lend itself to formalist critique; for many works, there is little of significant value to be found in them--like Readymades, Dada, and Pop Art--when viewed from such a perspective.
45-48)--Tamanaha brings together all of these historical theses, supported by evidence from many writers of the formalist age, thoroughly debunking the exaggerated claims that have been made about it.
Formalist art criticism is also subject to this charge.
Drawing from George Thomas's theory of "isomorphism" in Revivalism and Cultural Change (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), Perciaccante establishes correlations between formalist churches and the regulated commercial economy of nascent cities in the middle tier of Jefferson County where Presbyterians were dominant, and between antiformalist churches and the unstructured agrarian economy in the villages of the northern and southern tiers of the county where Baptists and Methodists were most successful.
1) The article translated here was written and published in French, and was clearly aimed at providing an overview of Formalist thought that would be available to a wider audience.
Formalist Islamic groups (as opposed to more cultural ones) adhere to a literal understanding of Islamic doctrine and its adoption into private and public life.
Singer attempts to ply a middle path, which emphasizes films' ability to transform reality through both realist and formalist means.
Formalist critics remained ambivalent about romantic poetry, approving of organic form only as it appeared in tightly controlled lyrics, like some Wordsworth sonnets or in plays of irony and paradox, like Keats's Odes.
At this point, we began discussing the formalist aesthetic theory.
He supports this by showing that Poe is more a formalist than Eliot, and less given to overt lecturing and preachiness (two oft-cited s.
Collected in David Hockney's Dog Days, appearing this spring from Bulfinch Press, Hockney's dachshund portraits reveal a wanner, more affectionate side of the British-born painter, who's probably best known for his formalist depictions of Southern California's shimmering swimming pools, wafting palm trees, and hissing summer lawns--as well as his methodically composed portraits of family and friends, both platonic and otherwise.
In 1914-16 he was one of the founders of the Society for the Study of Poetic Language (Opoiaz), the group which developed the enormously influential formalist methods of literary analysis.
Ned Balbo has work out or forthcoming in Marquee, The Quarterly, Synaesthetic, The Formalist, Santa Barbara Review, and elsewhere.
By 1992, however, Mandel's innocent use of formalist concepts makes his study seem dated, while his failure to make problematic the fragments themselves (he nowhere alludes to the history of their construction by editors) makes one suspicious of his comparisons.
Formalist theorizing relies heavily on axiomatic mathematical models.