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ENGL 3010: Introduction to Literary Studies: Reader Response

Key Individuals

Stanley Fish

Martin Heidegger

Norman Holland

Edmund Husserl

Wolfgang Iser

Hans Robert Jauss

Books in the Library

Reader-response theory places the reader's interaction with the text as central to its understanding.  A reader interprets a work by drawing on his or her own experiences and supplying personal meanings. Thus, each reader's experience with a work is unique. 

Norman Holland is credited with founding the reader-response theory in 1960 when he wrote The Dynamics of Literary Response.

Subject Headings and Keywords

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  • Reader Response Criticism
  • Reader Oriented Criticism
  • Reception Aesthetics