Act of Reading A Theory of Aesthetic Response

ISBN-10: 0801823714

ISBN-13: 9780801823718

Edition: 1979

Authors: Wolfgang Iser

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1980
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The Situation: Literary Interpretation: Semantics or Pragmatics?
Partial Art--Total Interpretation
Henry James, The Figure in the Carpet, in Place of an Introduction
The Lingering of the Classical Norm of Interpretation
The Rudiments of a Theory of Aesthetic Response
The Reader-Oriented Perspective and Traditional Objections
Readers and the Concept of the Implied Reader
Psychoanalytical Theories of Literary Response
The Reality of Fiction: A Functionalist Model of the Literary Text
The Repertoire
Starting Point
Speech-Act Theory
The Referential System of the Repertoire
The Task of the Strategies
The Old Answer: Deviation
Foreground and Background
The Structure of Theme and Horizon
Variations of the Theme-and-Horizon Structure
Phenomenology of Reading: The Processing of the Literary Text
Grasping a Text
Interplay between Text and Reader
The Wandering Viewpoint
Correlatives Produced by the Wandering Viewpoint
Consistency-Building as a Basis for Involvement in the Text as an Event
The Text as an Event
Involvement as a Condition of Experience
Passive Syntheses in the Reading Process
Mental Images as a Basic Feature of Ideation
Mental Images Affecting the Reader
Building Images
What Happens to the Reader?
Interaction Between Text and Reader: The Communicatory Structure of the Literary Text
Asymmetry Between Text and Reader
Conditions of Interaction
Ingarden's Concept of Indeterminacy
How Acts of Constitution Are Stimulated
The Blank as a Potential Connection
The Functional Structure of the Blanks
Historical Differences in the Structure of Interaction
Name and Title Index
Subject Index
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