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

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

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

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

Synopsis

This important new work brings a fresh and carefully elaborated theory of the literary work of art to the current rediscovery of the reader- that of the concept, based on the transactional point of view, of the two-way process involved in eliciting a literary work of art from a text. Dr. Rosenblatt draws on her long experience as a scholar and teacher of English and Comparative Literature. Amply illustrating her theoretical points, she provides contrasting interpretations of a number of varied texts, discusses other critical approaches, and makes reference to recent philosophical developments.

Excerpt

In the Preface to the original edition, I said that, once published, a book leads its own life in transaction with readers. Publication of this edition, however, makes it possible to thank the increasing numbers of readers who have kept the book alive. I feel a continuing connection with them through the inked marks on its pages. Some have written to me about the book; some have quoted it in articles and books; some have reported applying its ideas in their work as authors and teachers; some have developed research methods for testing the soundness of its theoretical positions; some have used it as the basis for further theoretical structures; some have differed or wished that I had treated additional themes; some have presented alternative theories. What they emphasized, what they ignored or misinterpreted, what they . . .

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