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Readers & Reading (review)

Readers & Reading (review) THE COMPAKATIST reveals more about the preoccupations of today's progressive American academy than about Auerbach. But it may well stimulate some readers to dip once again in Mimesis, and so to come to savor the uniqueness of his achievement. Lilian R. Fürst University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill ANDREW BENNETT, ed. Readers & Reading. Longman Critical Readers Series. London and New York: Longman, 1995. ? + 262 pp. The Longman Group, responding to the "new agenda for literature studies" that has crystallized with the emergence of distinct critical theories during the last two or three decades, has produced a series of introductions to contemporary criticism, and to its "complete reassessment" of whole bodies of literature and the ensuing replacement of traditional critical models. Readers and Reading presents a broad but solid overview ofmese trends, focusing on the impact of reader-response criticism, and particularly on fundamental questions regarding reader identity, models ofreading, and the ways meaning is made from text. Andrew Bennett's introduction outlines several questions about the function and purpose ofreading raised by reader-response theory. His anthology should, at the very least, lead readers to an understanding of reading as a critical tool, and encourage mem to consider http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Readers & Reading (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 21 (1) – Oct 3, 1997

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Abstract

THE COMPAKATIST reveals more about the preoccupations of today's progressive American academy than about Auerbach. But it may well stimulate some readers to dip once again in Mimesis, and so to come to savor the uniqueness of his achievement. Lilian R. Fürst University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill ANDREW BENNETT, ed. Readers & Reading. Longman Critical Readers Series. London and New York: Longman, 1995. ? + 262 pp. The Longman Group, responding to the "new agenda for literature studies" that has crystallized with the emergence of distinct critical theories during the last two or three decades, has produced a series of introductions to contemporary criticism, and to its "complete reassessment" of whole bodies of literature and the ensuing replacement of traditional critical models. Readers and Reading presents a broad but solid overview ofmese trends, focusing on the impact of reader-response criticism, and particularly on fundamental questions regarding reader identity, models ofreading, and the ways meaning is made from text. Andrew Bennett's introduction outlines several questions about the function and purpose ofreading raised by reader-response theory. His anthology should, at the very least, lead readers to an understanding of reading as a critical tool, and encourage mem to consider

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 1997

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