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Reader-Response Criticism PART A: This criticism includes many approaches to literature that explore and seek to explain the diversity of readers’ responses to the literary work; in essence —the critics study, not the literary work, but the readers’ or audience’s responding to the literary work Emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in America and Germany, A focus on the responses of readers—either individual readers or readers belonging to specific categories (such as class, gender, ethnicity, etc.)—to literary works o A shift from the description of texts in terms of their inherent properties to a discussion of the production of meanings within the reading process o Emphasis on the construction of a text originates in the branch of philosophy Phenomenology—deals with the “understanding of how things appear” This idea of knowledge is “our collective and personal understanding of the world and our conclusions about it” Believes the reader is a necessary third party in the author-
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