The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978 - English fiction - 239 pages
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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Contents

ONE PARTIAL ARTTOTAL INTERPRETATION
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The Lingering of the Classical Norm of Interpretation
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TWO THE RUDIMENTS OF A THEORY OF AESTHETIC RESPONSE
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