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The Act of Reading : A Theory of Aesthetic Response - Wolfgang Iser

The Act of Reading

A Theory of Aesthetic Response

Paperback Published: 19th February 1980
ISBN: 9780801823718
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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By defining what happens during the act of reading, that is, how aesthetic experience is initiated, develops, and functions, Iser's book provides the first systematic framework for assessing the communicatory function of a literary text within the context from which it arises. It is an important work that will appeal to those interested in the reading process, aesthetic theory, literary criticism, and basic theoretical aspects of the novel. Book jacket.

A splendid theoretical companion to Iser's The Implied Reader. The earlier book drew much attention for its reader-centered practical criticism of narrative fiction from Bunyan on. The new volume explains Iser's phenomenological technique... This book belongs in every serious, up-to-date literature collection. * Library Journal. *

Prefacep. ix
The Situation: Literary Interpretation: Semantics or Pragmatics?
Partial Art--Total Interpretationp. 3
Henry James, The Figure in the Carpet, in Place of an Introductionp. 3
The Lingering of the Classical Norm of Interpretationp. 10
The Rudiments of a Theory of Aesthetic Responsep. 20
The Reader-Oriented Perspective and Traditional Objectionsp. 20
Readers and the Concept of the Implied Readerp. 27
Psychoanalytical Theories of Literary Responsep. 38
The Reality of Fiction: A Functionalist Model of the Literary Text
The Repertoirep. 53
Starting Pointp. 53
Speech-Act Theoryp. 54
Situation-Buildingp. 62
The Referential System of the Repertoirep. 68
Strategiesp. 86
The Task of the Strategiesp. 86
The Old Answer: Deviationp. 87
Foreground and Backgroundp. 92
The Structure of Theme and Horizonp. 96
Variations of the Theme-and-Horizon Structurep. 99
Phenomenology of Reading: The Processing of the Literary Text
Grasping a Textp. 107
Interplay between Text and Readerp. 107
The Wandering Viewpointp. 108
Correlatives Produced by the Wandering Viewpointp. 118
Consistency-Building as a Basis for Involvement in the Text as an Eventp. 118
The Text as an Eventp. 125
Involvement as a Condition of Experiencep. 129
Passive Syntheses in the Reading Processp. 135
Mental Images as a Basic Feature of Ideationp. 135
Mental Images Affecting the Readerp. 139
Building Imagesp. 140
What Happens to the Reader?p. 152
Interaction Between Text and Reader: The Communicatory Structure of the Literary Text
Asymmetry Between Text and Readerp. 163
Conditions of Interactionp. 163
Ingarden's Concept of Indeterminacyp. 170
How Acts of Constitution Are Stimulatedp. 180
Introductionp. 180
The Blank as a Potential Connectionp. 182
The Functional Structure of the Blanksp. 195
Historical Differences in the Structure of Interactionp. 203
Negationp. 212
Negativityp. 225
Name and Title Indexp. 233
Subject Indexp. 236
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ISBN: 9780801823718
ISBN-10: 0801823714
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th February 1980
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42