Interpretive Conventions: The Reader in the Study of American Fiction (Paperback)Steven Mailloux (author)
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In Interpretive Conventions, Steven Mailloux provides a general introduction to reader-response criticism while developing his own specific reader-oriented approach to literature. He examines five influential theories of the reading process-those of Stanley Fish, Jonathan Culler, Wolfgang Iser, Norman Holland, and David Bleich. He goes on to argue the need for a more comprehensive reader-response criticism based on a consistent social model of reading. He develops such a reading model and also discusses American textual editing and literary history.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Its central theme-that all assertions about literature are conditioned by interpretative rules and preceded by interpretative work-enables Interpretive Conventions to help us inspect the grounds of our practical criticism, to propose several valuable standards for critical argument, competent interpretation, and scholarly objectives, and to provide a widely informed introduction to reader-response methodologies. I have sought to address Mailloux's contentions in detail to show that his serious book not only deserves but demands careful reading, an activity I can trust he approves."-- John T. Matthews * NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction *