Definition of new historicism in US English:

new historicism


Literary Criticism
  • A form of cultural analysis which examines the ways in which a cultural product (especially a literary text) interacts with and participates in its historical context, especially with reference to the power relations operating within the society of its time.


1970s. From new + historicism. Compare slightly earlier new historicist.


new historicism

/ˌnjuː hɪˈstɒrɪsɪz(ə)m/