Some Factors Affecting/Effecting the Reading of Texts
Copyright 1996 by
John Lye. This
text may be freely used, with attribution, for non-profit purposes.
As are all of my posts for this course, this document is open to change. If you have any suggestions (additions, qualifications, arguments), mail me.
A: Matters to be brought to the text for use in the decoding of the text
| accessibility of allusion, or reference|
access to historical references, to cultural allusions, to literary allusions, and recognition of their relevance or meaningfulness in the text
conventions of reading
history of interpretation
|usage of genre|
knowledge of the characteristics and conventions of various genre, of for instance irony in satire; and knowledge of the typical topics of the genre, e.g. heroism, romantic love etc.; historical knowledge of the same, i.e. what were the expectations of the various kinds of comedies held by Shakespeare's contemporaries
attunement to polysemy
knowledge of the extensional world
B: "THE TEXT" as a coded structureThe rhetorical, formal, linguistic, allusive strategies which guide -- or create, or evoke -- the readers' responses, including: association and interconnection of culturally empowered images, ideas, situations; the contextual loading of words, images, episodes and characters; plotting devices; genre markers; rhetorical structures; multi-valence; ambiguity.
C: Contexualizations of reading and meaning
the personal world|
the realm of personal associations, experiences, ideals and images
the needs of persons
the motive of the particular
sociology of reading
references which the reader may apply to her or his social or political milieu -- e.g. in novels of manners, satires against corrupt governments, etc.
the world(s) of discourse
ideology & world-view
the world of fact