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qAn important transitional book, usefully summarizing the past and thoughtfully mapping out the future of a significant critic's theoretical€” Modern Philology. qThere is a much greater emphasis on the reader's function as 'performer' of the text in Prospecting than in Iser's other books. The two brilliant chapters on Beckett's fiction and drama are crucial here... Literature becomes 'play' and 'game, ' and the reader becomes a performer of himself. This idea of performance becomes central to Iser's new theory. Art does not present life; it performs€” Yearbook of English Studies.Lowry Nelson, Jr., aquot;The Fictive Reader and Literary Self-Reflexive- ness, aquot; in The Disciplines of Criticism: Essays in ... Yet the gaps of indeterminacy are vital for eliciting the readera#39;s response and are consequently an important factor for theanbsp;...

Author:Wolfgang Iser
Publisher:JHU Press - 1993-02-01


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