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.
She contends that reader-response criticism is inevitable at some level in practice but is impossible to sustain theoretically. Fish, she correctly states, began his career as a theorist by emphasizing the reader but eventually came to merge reader and text, doing away with the separation between subject and object that his theory had at first...
Reader Response Criticism – History and Purpose. The domain of literature has a vast horizon representing a cluster of literary theories. Each of these theories has come from a different school of thoughts, forming a strict sense of the systematic study of literature.
The Uniform Reader. Other schools of reader response criticism look not at the reader as an individual, but as a theoretical reader. The "implied reader," for example, an idea introduced by Wolfgang Iser, is the reader who is required for the text — the reader who the author imagines when writing, and who he or she is writing for.
Applying the Reader-Response Theory to Literary Texts in ... reader-response theory, the use of literature in English as a foreign language classes and its relation to critical ... The origins of this theory are in the field of literary criticism from the pioneering work in the 1930s of the literary theorist, Louise Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt’s ...
Reader-Response Criticism Critical approaches to literature that stress the validity of reader response to a text, theorizing that each interpretation is valid in the context from which a reader ...
thetical reader's responses; less commonly, the responses of actual. readers are cited as evidence for claims about the reader/text trans-action. These theories therefore assume that the text cannot be under-stood or analyzed as an isolated entity. It. is often assumed that reader-response criticism represents a. relatively unified position.
In reader-response, the reader is essential to the meaning of a text for they bring the text to life. The purpose of a reading response is examining, explaining, and defending your personal reaction to a text. When writing a reader-response, write as an educated adult addressing other adults or fellow scholars.
Author: JOHN MCKINSTRA Created Date: 2/14/2005 2:04:16 PM
Reader-Response Criticism The reader-response school of thought focuses on the act of reading and on the activity of readers as they read.10 This trend can be distin-8 From my forthcoming annotated translation. 9 For a n excellen t treatmen of th e general topic allegory , se Jo Whitman Alle ...