February 16, 2007


What NOT to look up in the Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary terms: reader-response criticism.

"Reader response criticsm encompasses various appraoches to literature that explore and seek to explain the diversity (and often divergence) of readers' responses to literary works. Reader-response critics raise theoretical questins about whether our responses to a work are the same as its meaning(s), whether a work can have as many meanings as we have responses to it, and whether some responses are more valide than others. They also provide us with models that aid our understandings of texts and the reading process" (391).

I could have gone on for four pages.

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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