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The Implied Reader : Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett - Wolfgang Iser

The Implied Reader

Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett

Paperback Published: 1st January 1974
ISBN: 9780801821509
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Like no other art form, the novel confronts its readers with circumstances arising from their own environment of social and historical norms and stimulates them to assess and criticize their surroundings. By analyzing major works of English fiction ranging from Bunyan, Fielding, Scott, and Thackeray to Joyce and Beckett, renowned critic Wolfgang Iser here provides a framework for a theory of such literary effects and aesthetic responses.Iser's focus is on the theme of discovery, whereby the reader is given the chance to recognize the deficiencies of his own existence and the suggested solutions to counterbalance them. The content and form of this discovery is the calculated response of the reader - the implied reader. In discovering the expectations and presuppositions that underlie all his perceptions, the reader learns to "read" himself as he does the text.

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When the present flurry of works on theory of narrative fiction comes to an end... this seems likely to be one of the survivors. -- Frank Kermode * Times Literary Supplement * Well-written, scholarly, perceptive... A basic framework for a rational theory of literary effects and responses based on the novel. * Library Journal *

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress: The Doctrine of Predestination and the Shaping of the Novelp. 1
The Role of the Reader in Fielding's Joseph Andrews and Tom Jonesp. 29
The Generic Control of the Esthetic Response: An Examination of Smollett's Humphry Clinkerp. 57
Fiction--The Filter of History: A Study of Sir Walter Scott's Waverleyp. 81
The Reader as a Component Part of the Realistic Novel: Esthetic Effects in Thackeray's Vanity Fairp. 101
Self-Reductionp. 121
The Self-Communication of Subjectivity in Autobiographical Fiction. W. M. Thackeray: Henry Esmondp. 123
Perception, Temporality, and Action as Modes of Subjectivity. W. Faulkner: The Sound and the Furyp. 136
The Unpredictability of Subjectivity. I. Compton-Burnett: A Heritage and Its Historyp. 152
Subjectivity as the Autogenous Cancellation of Its Own Manifestations. S. Beckett: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamablep. 164
Doing Things in Style: An Interpretation of "The Oxen of the Sun" in James Joyce's Ulyssesp. 179
Patterns of Communication in Joyce's Ulyssesp. 196
Myth and Realityp. 196
Experiments in Stylep. 200
The Function of the Experiments in Stylep. 225
The Archetypesp. 227
The Reader's Quest and the Formation of Illusionp. 231
Dialogue of the Unspeakable: Ivy Compton-Burnett: A Heritage and Its Historyp. 234
When is the End Not the End? The Idea of Fiction in Beckettp. 257
The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approachp. 274
Name Indexp. 295
Subject Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780801821509
ISBN-10: 0801821509
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 1974
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49