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Reading theories and telling stories in contemporary fiction

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My thesis engages with reader-response theory in order to show how the realisations it makes might be refined by deconstruction. Reader-response theorists such as Stanley Fish and Norman Holland acknowledge that a subjective element inheres within all interpretation. This has an unsettling effect for literary criticism, which traditionally grounds its claims on notions of objectivity. Criticism must be rethought; both Fish and Holland promise to practise a self-conscious literary criticism...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Catherine's College
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Humanities Division - English Language and Literature
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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral

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