Thursday, February 12, 2015

Reader Response Theory

The Reader Response Theory is all about the reader's reaction to a text, rather than the text alone. The text is nothing without the readers' reaction. It would be like watching a studio show without an applause from the audience or laughter or anything. The audience reaction is indeed important but it is not everything. Everyone has different viewpoints but when it comes to the actual meaning of a text, there are limitations. Fish mentioned how the meaning of a text can be interpreted by its context and circumstance, so there is a specific meaning to a text and although there can be multiple meanings, there is a limit. As an English major, you would think that this would be a bad thing, well it is definitely not. If a text had an unlimited meaning to it, anyone could just make up some meaning to it and there would be no point in looking at it and people would just bull sh*t it like crazy. This is why limits are a good thing because they have boundaries and set specific rules and have specific meanings.
This isn't my most prized art piece and I wish I could have come up with something more creative but this drawing shows a bunch of people reading  having various reactions like they would if they were participating in an audience. Since its the reader "response" theory, they are responding to the reading with their own thoughts.
Questions for the reader response theory would be:
How far does the reader response actually go?
At what point are the limitations?
Say the readers go crazy over a text, what then?

1 comment:

  1. This gets the big picture pretty well, but you will definitely want to include more detail in future posts. Quotes from the reading will help add specificity and make your claims more credible. Right now, it's all a bit vague. Also, your use of the word "reaction" is a bit odd, since neither Rosenblatt nor Fish are really talking about what makes us cheer or boo or feel a certain way. They are both mostly talking about how readers are involved in generating meaning. This is a good start, but push further and read more closely to do better.