This basic indeterminacy "implies" the reader and begs her participation in synthesizing, and indeed living, events of meaning throughout the process of reading. Literature thus takes on a greater human function of imagining beyond the given constraints of experience.
Human existence always stretches past itself, seeking just that resolution a comprehension it cannot claim. In other words, in literature the actual and the possible can exist simultaneously.
This is the impulse to fictionalize: In reading we discover not only alternate visions to explore, but also our own human thirst for freedom of action, ultimate understanding, and unity of experience.
That is true, because, it seems impossible for a text to be meaningful or reaching, to anyone without an audience to receive the meaning.
These components when combined create the life of a piece of literature. The question arises as to why we need this particular medium. When we read the story before watching the movie we had different images of the characters of the places and of the events, but when we watched the movie we all started to have the same picture and not necessary to be the one we imagined before watching the movie.
Rather, literature generates effects of meaning for the reader in a virtual space created between reader and text. Thus literature turns into a divining rod, locating our dispositions, desires, inclinations, and eventually our overall makeup.
Together the two comprise the so-called Constance school, which has since set the course for much of social, systems and communication theories in the contemporary German intellectual arena.
Within a few years Iser published two books that further developed the project. After The Act of Reading, Iser began exploring these broader implications of reading for human experience and constitution.
Significantly, Iser does not analyze actual readings of texts, but proceeds from an ideal "implied reader.
In this way the author gives the reader a chance to use his imagination and makes him feel that he is involved in the events of the story. Nor can we, even in the most intense epiphanic moments, possess the full meaning of what occurs.
Because human being finds itself thus decentered, unable to be present to itself, it creatively constructs a virtual self-possession out of imagined possibilities in literature. We realized literary works in different ways because simply we are different.
He says that the virtual dimension varies all time we are reading. Such a theory of aesthetic response denies the simple dichotomy of fiction and reality.
In it he extrapolated from the conclusions of reader response into a new terrain he now called "literary anthropology. This is in short what iser meant by the element of indeterminacy. So his work can progress to a more significant and meaningful level. Similarly, for an 18 years old person to read this novella, and then reread it 10 years later, he or she will grasp a newfound meaning.Discuss Wolfgang Iser’s concept of the act of reading.
Perform an Iser-style reading on a paragraph, scene or literary text of your choice.
Iser's Aesthetic Response Theory Viewed in the Context of Collaborative Hyperfictions Abstract InWolfgang Iser wrote his most influential book,The Act of Reading,which details his theories about aesthetic reader response.
to demonstrate your skills for close reading and analysis; Language Strategies for Critiquing. For each type of critique, it’s important to state your praise, criticism, and suggestions politely, but with the appropriate level of strength.
The Writing Center Campus Box # SASB North Ridge Road Chapel Hill, NC ( Wolfgang Iser The Reading Process The thesis of the whole theory: “The reading process is an interaction between the text and the reader’s imagination.”. Stanley Fish wrote a review of Wolfgang Iser’s work in claiming that two of Iser’s theory of reading might commend a critical democratic politics that urges constant re-examination of social and individual conventions by "deforming" and defamiliarizing accepted perspectives.
After The Act of Reading, Iser began exploring these.
Isers Act of Reading Critiquing a Critique: Wolfgang Iser’s The Act of Reading Texts on critical theory present an interesting challenge when one sits down to critique or review them.Download