Reader-Response Criticism The recognition that readers of a biblical text come to it with a variety of experience and assumptions which affect their appreciation of the narratives. (Cf. the Swedish proverb: ‘Spectators also create’—at the theatre.)
However, reader-response criticism, as modern literary philosophy emerged between the 1960s and 80s, particularly in German and the US. The clearly dominated the work of Roland Barthes, Norman Holland, Wolfgang Iser, Stanley Fish, and many others. Typically, Reader-response criticism revolves around the phenomena ‘Respond to Reading’.
Reader-response criticism is a school of literary theory that focuses on the reader (or "audience") and their experience of a literary work, in contrast to other schools and theories that focus attention primarily on the author or the content and form of the work.. Although literary theory has long paid some attention to the reader's role in creating the meaning and experience of a l...
One of the most recent methods is reader-response criticism. Reader-response criticism does not seek to understand the historical world behind the text (historical research, as this volume advocates). Nor does reader-response criticism seek to map the literary world of the text (i.e., paying close attention to the literary ‘architecture’ of a text, as this volume encourages).
This goes so well with reader-response criticism. The Bible could be viewed as a book with textual events and facts, but often times readers go into the experience of reading the Bible with the preconceived notions that they will get something emotionally or spiritually from the text. Many Christians, myself included, read the Bible ...
Reader-Response Criticism refers to a literary approach that is centrally concerned with the reader and the process of reading rather than with the author or the text as a self-contained unity. Although similar in many respects to the movement known as RECEPTION THEORY, from which it in part derives, reader-response criticism is a much more ...
Reader-Response Criticism and Theological Interpretation September 3, 2013 / Luke Wisley I have to admit that when I first came across Reader-Response Criticism in seminary I was skeptical about what insights could be gained from such a method.
Author: JOHN MCKINSTRA Created Date: 2/14/2005 2:04:16 PM
At its most basic level, reader-response criticism considers readers' reactions to literature as vital to interpreting the meaning of the text. However, reader-response criticism can take a number of different approaches. A critic deploying reader-response theory can use a psychoanalytic lens, a feminist lens, or even a structuralist lens.
Reader-response suggests that the role of the reader is essential to the meaning of a text, for only in the reading experience does the literary work come alive. For example, in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), the monster doesn’t exist, so to speak, until the reader reads Frankenstein and reanimates it to life, becoming a ...