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Reader, the Text, the Poem The Transactional Theory of the Literary Work

ISBN-10: 0809318059
ISBN-13: 9780809318056
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Description: Louise M. Rosenblatt’s award-winning work continues increasingly to be read in a wide range of academic fields—literary criticism, reading theory, aesthetics, composition, rhetoric, speech communication, and education. Her view of the reading  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 9/21/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Louise M. Rosenblatt’s award-winning work continues increasingly to be read in a wide range of academic fields—literary criticism, reading theory, aesthetics, composition, rhetoric, speech communication, and education. Her view of the reading transaction as a unique event involving reader and text at a particular time under particular circumstances rules out the dualistic emphasis of other theories on either the reader or the text as separate and static entities. The transactional concept accounts for the importance of factors such as gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic context. Essential reading for the specialist, this book is also well suited for courses in criticism, critical theory, rhetoric, and aesthetics. Starting from the same nonfoundationalist premises, Rosenblatt avoids the extreme relativism of postmodern theories derived mainly from Continental sources. A deep understanding of the pragmatism of Dewey, James, and Peirce and of key issues in the social sciences is the basis for a view of language and the reading process that recognizes the potentialities for alternative interpretations and at the same time provides a rationale for the responsible reading of texts. The book has been praised for its lucid explanation of the multidimensional character of the reading process—evoking, interpreting, and evaluating the work. The nonliterary (efferent) and the literary (aesthetic) are shown not to be opposites but to represent a continuum of reading behaviors. The author amply illustrates her theoretical points with interpretations of varied texts. The epilogue carries further her critique of rival contemporary theories.

Celebrated author and educator Louise Rosenblatt is Professor Emerita of New York University and a former faculty member at Barnard College, Columbia University and the City University of New York. She received the most recent of many accolades in 2003, when she was presented with lifetime achievement awards from both the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Research Conference.

Preface To the Paperback Edition
Preface
The Invisible Reader
The Poem As Event
Efferent And Aesthetic Reading
Ev0king A Poem
The Text Openness And C0nstraint
The Quest For"The Poem Itself"
Interpretation Evaluation Criticism
Notes / Index
Notes
Index

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