chapter  42
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Interaction between text and reader: Wolfgang Iser

ByWOLFGANG ISER

Central to the reading of every literary work is the interaction between its structure and its recipient. This is why the phenomenological theory of art has emphatically drawn attention to the fact that the study of a literary work should concern not only the actual text but also, and in equal measure, the actions involved in responding to that text. The text itself simply offers “schematized aspects”1 through which the subject matter of the work can be produced, while the actual production takes place through an act of concretization.