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Literary Theory and Research: Reader Response

For researching literary topics.

Key Individuals

Stanley Fish

Martin Heidegger

Norman Holland

Edmund Husserl

Wolfgang Iser

Hans Robert Jauss

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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.