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The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response

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Iser examines what happens during the reading process, and how it is basic to the development of a theory of aesthetic response, setting in motion a chain of events that depends both on the text and the exercise of certain human faculties.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1980 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1976)
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Huda Yahya
A very academic book with no sense of passion whatsoever !
The author writes it with such dry way that i hardly completed it.

It doesn't express any of the writers' nor readers' emotions .

So , if you're looking for a book about the passion of reading, that's definitely Not your book.

It lacks the zeal , the enthusiasm , and even the enjoyment and delight of knowledge itself!

Anyway , it could be good for researchers or something !
Apr 20, 2010 Marilena rated it it was ok
This book contains one of the most original theories about reading fiction. Yet I cannot agree entirely with the way Iser sees fiction. Maybe I can partially understand what he tries to prove about the process of reading but fiction for him is seen in another light than I would see it. Cause even fiction has several categories...and for him there is only one!!!
Eden Bowditch
Dec 05, 2012 Eden Bowditch rated it it was amazing
The act of writing is a topic of investigating in every classroom. But what does it mean to read? Reading is a strange act as we embark on journeys through words and worlds created by them. This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in thinking about what it means to read.
Jun 10, 2009 Rachel added it
Currently reading this for Dr. Porter's class. I like it so far. Scary! :D
Jul 16, 2017 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
The book is heavily theoretical, but full of useful information!
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Tästä voi sanoa samaa kuin edellisestä tenttikirjasta, mielenkiintoinen aihe, mutta osa meni auttamatta ohi, osittain kielen, osittain oman huomion harhailemisen takia. Ihmetyttää, minkä takia alan selviä klassikoitakaan ei ole suomennettu.
Nov 20, 2007 Ivan rated it really liked it
Penjelasan yang menarik, walau tak sederhana, tentang sesuatu yang make sense (bagiku)
Mar 04, 2009 Dedrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
This seemed a bit dry for my taste, although I did get into enough to get a few interesting points from it. I finished at page 60 and shelved it, though.
Sep 27, 2007 John rated it did not like it
One of the more succcessful attempts, by the pimps of postmodernism, to steal authorship away from the creators?

Why must accademics be so full of mediocrity?
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