The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response
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.
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ONE PARTIAL ARTTOTAL INTERPRETATION
The Lingering of the Classical Norm of Interpretation
TWO THE RUDIMENTS OF A THEORY OF AESTHETIC RESPONSE
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