The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response / Edition 1

The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response / Edition 1

by Wolfgang Iser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801823714

ISBN-13: 9780801823718

Pub. Date: 02/19/1980

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Iser examines what happens during the reading process, and how it is basic to the development of a theory of aesthetic response, setting in motion a chain of events that depends both on the text and the exercise of certain human faculties.  See more details below

Overview

Iser examines what happens during the reading process, and how it is basic to the development of a theory of aesthetic response, setting in motion a chain of events that depends both on the text and the exercise of certain human faculties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801823718
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/19/1980
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,123,491
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
I.The Situation: Literary Interpretation: Semantics or Pragmatics?
1.Partial Art--Total Interpretation3
Henry James, The Figure in the Carpet, in Place of an Introduction3
The Lingering of the Classical Norm of Interpretation10
2.The Rudiments of a Theory of Aesthetic Response20
The Reader-Oriented Perspective and Traditional Objections20
Readers and the Concept of the Implied Reader27
Psychoanalytical Theories of Literary Response38
II.The Reality of Fiction: A Functionalist Model of the Literary Text
3.The Repertoire53
Starting Point53
Speech-Act Theory54
Situation-Building62
The Referential System of the Repertoire68
4.Strategies86
The Task of the Strategies86
The Old Answer: Deviation87
Foreground and Background92
The Structure of Theme and Horizon96
Variations of the Theme-and-Horizon Structure99
III.Phenomenology of Reading: The Processing of the Literary Text
5.Grasping a Text107
Interplay between Text and Reader107
The Wandering Viewpoint108
Correlatives Produced by the Wandering Viewpoint118
Consistency-Building as a Basis for Involvement in the Text as an Event118
The Text as an Event125
Involvement as a Condition of Experience129
6.Passive Syntheses in the Reading Process135
Mental Images as a Basic Feature of Ideation135
Mental Images Affecting the Reader139
Building Images140
What Happens to the Reader?152
IV.Interaction Between Text and Reader: The Communicatory Structure of the Literary Text
7.Asymmetry Between Text and Reader163
Conditions of Interaction163
Ingarden's Concept of Indeterminacy170
8.How Acts of Constitution Are Stimulated180
Introduction180
The Blank as a Potential Connection182
The Functional Structure of the Blanks195
Historical Differences in the Structure of Interaction203
Negation212
Negativity225
Name and Title Index233
Subject Index236

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