Tag Archives: Wolfgang Iser

A Lit Theory that Affirms Readers

The students in my “Theories of the Reader ” course found the theorists we read affirming.

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The Reader’s Role in Literature

Reader Response Theory focuses on the reader’s involvement in literature, opening up avenues untouched by formalist criticism.

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