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Iser's
"Reading Process" -Word

Presenters

Noreen Sheridan

Linda Gupta

Lulú Panbehchi

Wolfgang Iser

(German theorist. July 22, 1926 - January 24, 2007)close up

 

The Act of Reading = Reader response criticism

book

 

"Interaction Between Text and Reader"

 

Author -->Text --> <--Reader

 

Gaps, blanks, etc. Examples:

 

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Official Snoopy site.

 

Audio : [Hibbs] Stairs 

Video: Queen - YouTube.

Sculpture : Henri Moore - The negative space

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Carson McCuller’s novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 

 

Shelley Jackson’s hypertext Patchwork Girl 

Cortázar's "Continuity of the Parks" - Text -- Video

 

Three Questions

1. Is everyone’s reading worthy?, i.e. how do you evaluate the quality of reader response, or does it matter?

2. What about misperceptions of what the author is saying and/or is there such a thing as a misperception in reader response?

3. How do we know when something is worth reading? Whose evaluation do you trust?  

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