The Reader in Analysis

  • Elizabeth Wright
Part of the Communications and Culture book series (COMMCU)


My title is a pun. On the one hand it can mean the Reader subjected to analysis as a key element in literary theory, on the other the Reader as equivalent to the analysand in a psychoanalysis, making discoveries as a result of her or his analytic text. This chapter has two emphases corresponding to these two aspects — the first being reader-response in general, the second a particular species of the first, namely psychoanalytic reader-theory.1


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  1. 3.
    W. Iser, The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response ( Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1978 ), p. 218.Google Scholar
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    Roman Ingarden, The Cognition of the Literary Work of Art (Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Ill., 1973); originally published in Polish in 1937.Google Scholar
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    W. Iser, The Implied Reader: Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett ( Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1974 ).Google Scholar
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    Norman H. Holland, The Dynamics of Literary Response (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1968 ).Google Scholar
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    Simon O. Lesser, Fiction and the Unconscious ( Beacon Press, Boston, 1957 ).Google Scholar

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