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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 distinct from any actual readers. The difference between an implied reader and an actual reader is likely to be most apparent in reading works from a period when conventional values were very different. The implied reader is embodied in the way in which text structures responses, in the form of a network of schemata, patterns, points of view, and indeterminacies that require and constrain interpretation. See also reader-response theory; reception theory; compare model reader.

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