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The Implied Reader

Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett

Like no other art form, the novel confronts its readers with circumstances aring from their own environment of social and historical norms and stimulates them to assess and criticize their surroundings. By Analyzing major works of English fiction ranging from Bunyan, Fielding, Scott, and Thackery to Joyce and Beckett, renowned critic Wolfgang Iser here provides a framework for a theory of such literary effects and aesthetic responses.

Iser's focus is on the theme of discovery, whereby the reader is given the chance to recognize the deficiencies of his own existence and the suggested solutions to counterbalance them. The content and form of this discovery is the calculated response of the reader—the implied reader. In discovering the expectations and presuppositions that underlie all the perceptions, the reader learns to "read" himself as he does the text.

About the Author

Wolfgang Iser, who has taught at leading universities in the United States and Europe, is currently professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Constance.

Reviews

"When the present flurry of works on theory of narrative fiction comes to an end . . . this seems likely to be one of the survivors."—Frank Kermode, Times Literary Supplement

"Well-written, scholarly, perceptive . . . A basic framework for a rational theory of literary effects and responses based on the novel."—Library Journal

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