February 20, 2007

The Blogs Will Live On!

Reconstruction of the real reader naturally depends on the survival of contemporary documents, but the further back in time we go, beyond the eighteenth century, the more sparse the documentation becomes.
Wolfgang Iser "Readers and the Concept of the Implied Reader"

I'll admit it, I'm a little confused on how to go about gathering reader responses when it comes to reader-response literary criticism. Obviously a good place to start is the reviews. But then again, the reviews are usually written by critics, especially if the text is more a literary one than a popular one.

So it all goes back to a couple of those great friends of the historical critic, letters and journals.

Or, in the case of the 21st century population, blogs.

Just think about it, even just within the Seton Hill Blogosphere, anyone looking to find some reader response on "The Yellow Wallpaper" (as an example text) would have struck gold. And even better, you wouldn't have to worry about that whole invasion of privacy thing . . . its online!

Posted by Diana Geleskie at February 20, 2007 12:13 AM | TrackBack
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