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Reception and Reader-Response Theories

Subject: Linguistics

A critical theory that came to prominence during the 1970s and early 1980s, reception theory encompasses a cohesive and collective critical movement emanating from the University of ...

Reception and Reader‐Response Theories

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
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Language reference, Linguistics
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1,906 words

... and ReaderResponse Theories . A critical theory that came to prominence during the 1970s and early 1980s, reception theory encompasses a cohesive and collective critical movement emanating from the University of Constance in Germany. Its chief exponents are Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser . The term readerresponse theories is wider in application and has been assigned retrospectively to diverse theories, including Iser's, circulating mostly in North America over roughly the same period. These theories include Stanley Fish's affective...

Reception and Reader-Response Theories

Reception and Reader-Response Theories  

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Linguistics
A critical theory that came to prominence during the 1970s and early 1980s, reception theory encompasses a cohesive and collective critical movement emanating from the University of Constance in ...
Novels

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,137 words
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Oxford University Press

...works of terror (in which acts of violence and supernatural appearances are continually evoked) and works of horror (in which they actually occur). Radcliffe's own novels, based on Edmund *Burke 's theories of the *sublime , deal in terror rather than horror; her consequent reliance on the ‘explained supernatural’ was regarded by some critics, notably Scott, as an unnecessary restriction on the reader's credulity. No such limitations are imposed in Lewis's concoction of priestly hypocrisy, incest, murder, and Satanic intervention. His most interesting...

Literary Theory

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,935 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...field of aesthetics. Eighteenth-century aesthetic theory often focused on the spectator's response to objects, incorporating affect and reception by default into the terms of classification of aesthetic categories, such as the *sublime or the beautiful. Edmund *Burke , for example, in his A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful ( 1757 ) proposes, first, an ‘examination of our passions’; next, a survey of ‘the properties of things which…influence those passions’; and then the application of the rules deduced from...

15 Children’s Books

15 Children’s Books   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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4,997 words
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Oxford University Press

...integration into the print networks for publication, consumption, and reception. Compared with most other readers, dependent children have relatively little control over what they read; most of their critical early experiences with books are mediated by the adults who create, publish, distribute, assign, teach, and pay for them. That youngsters need assistance and guidance is indisputable, but they must also be granted agency appropriate to their own development. This tension between adult and child is at the forefront of modern discussions of the genre’s...

History

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,067 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...by the simultaneous experiences of readers reading accounts of such demonstrations in their morning newspapers. When the British parliament passed its draconian legislation, the Six Acts, in response to Peterloo and its aftermath, it addressed both kinds of representational practices—the assembly and the account of the assembly—with equally vindictive measures [ see *gagging acts ]. The discussion of the ‘spirit of the age’ in the new historicism of our period, then, is to be understood as a function of the way time and spirit are increasingly, through the...

reader-oriented

reader-oriented  

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Media studies
1. In the process of written composition, a stage at which the style and structure of a text is subordinated to the needs of the reader rather than to those of the writer; also drafts of a text which ...
implied reader

implied reader  

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Literature
In Iser's phenomenological theory of reader-response, a hypothetical ‘role’ or ‘model’ of someone assumed by the author to share the knowledge necessary in order to fully understand the text, as ...
Wolfgang Iser

Wolfgang Iser  

(1926–2007)Germanliterary scholar, best known for establishing Reception Theory. Together with his colleague Hans Robert Jauss, he is the founder of the Konstanz School of reception aesthetics which ...
Hans Robert Jauss

Hans Robert Jauss  

(1921–97)Germanliterary theorist, best known for establishing Reception Aesthetics. Together with his colleague Wolfgang Iser, he is the founder of the Konstanz School, which has had a significant ...
reception theory

reception theory  

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Literature
A branch of modern literary studies concerned with the ways in which literary works are received by readers. The term has sometimes been used to refer to reader‐response criticism in general, but it ...
reception

reception  

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Studies of reception‐history are studies of the reading, interpretation, appropriation, use, and abuse of past texts over the centuries, reception‐theory the theory underpinning such studies. All ...
reader-response theory

reader-response theory  

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Literature
A view of literary interpretation associated with the American critic Stanley Fish. It holds that meaning does not reside in the text, but in the mind of the reader. The text functions only as a ...
Roman Ingarden

Roman Ingarden  

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Philosophy
(1893–1970).Polish phenomenologist with a realist leaning. Studied in Lvov, Vienna, and Göttingen, and in Freiburg with Husserl. Professor in Lvov and Cracow. His works, written in Polish and German ...
indeterminacy

indeterminacy  

Unpredictability in outcome, because a very large number of interrelated factors are involved and/or because understanding of the particular system is still quite limited.
hermeneutics

hermeneutics  

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Religion
The branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
reader-response theory

reader-response theory  

Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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...-response theory See reception theory and reader-response theory...

reception

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
65 words

... 1. How messages , texts , or artworks are received and interpreted. See also active audience theory ; beholder’s share ; context of reception ; reception model ; reader-response theory ; reception theory . 2. The role of the receiver or audience in communication and in the interpretation of texts and artworks, typically distinguished from production : see audience factors ; receiver factors ; reception factors . ...

reception theory

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... theory A branch of modern literary studies concerned with the ways in which literary works are received by readers. The term has sometimes been used to refer to reader-response criticism in general, but it is associated more particularly with the ‘reception-aesthetics’ (German, Rezeptionsästhetik ) outlined in 1970 by the German literary historian Hans Robert Jauss . Drawing on philosophical hermeneutics , Jauss argued that literary works are received against an existing horizon of expectations consisting of readers' current knowledge and...

implied reader

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
128 words

...of view , and indeterminacies that require and constrain interpretation . See also reader-response theory ; reception theory ; compare ideal reader . ...

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