February 19, 2007

Keesey Chapter Three

Keesey, Ch 3 (Introduction) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"For reader-response critics are most often concerned with the present audience. There are, it should be noted, audience-oriented critics with a historical bent who study the reception of poems over time" (Keesey 129).

Reception is really the key word to the Keesey essay. How one can interpret the information is very important. Think about this: Every single one of us are part of reader-response, including Iser, including Kolodny, including Watson, and including Kent. We are all associated with the interpretation of the literature, and we all find ways to either find an assumption made by an author or narrator, or we make our own assumptions based off of judgments or rationales. How we recept a piece of literature or poetry, points us in the direction on what we would like to discuss about it. Reception is very important to literature, and I think that so far, this type of critique is my favorite so far.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 19, 2007 4:13 PM

I also think that Keesey, who I now refer to as "my boy," could have simply wrote the introduction as the following:

Are you breathing? Do you understand the words on this page? If you answered yes to both of these questions you may proceed forward.

Posted by: Kevin at February 22, 2007 5:20 PM
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