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Is There A Text In This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities

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Is There A Text In This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities

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Excerpt

Fish begins by examining the relation between a reader and a text, arguing against the formalist belief that the text alone is the basic, knowable, neutral, and unchanging component of literary experience. But in arguing for the right of the reader to interpret and in effect create the literary work, he skillfully avoids the old trap of subjectivity. To claim that each reader essentially participates in the making of a poem or novel is not, he shows, an invitation to unchecked subjectivity and to the endless proliferation of competing interpretations. For each reader approaches a literary work not as an isolated individual but as part of a community of readers. “Indeed,” he writes, “it is interpretive communities, rather than either the text or reader, that produce meanings.”

Description

viii, 394 pages ; 24 cm

ISBN

9780674467262

Publication Date

1980

Publisher

Harvard University Press

City

Cambridge, Mass

Keywords

Literary Criticism, Facts and fictions, Demonstration vs. persuasion

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature

Comments

Includes bibliographical references and index