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Making Meaning with Texts: Selected Essays

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No one has contributed more to our understanding of the relationship between readers and texts than Louise Rosenblatt. Her classic "Literature as Exploration" - now in its fifth edition - introduced the transactional theory of reading and pioneered a revolution that continues today in classrooms where reading and literature are taught.

She maintains that both the reader and
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Published January 1st 2005 by Heinemann Educational Books
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J. Alfred
Rosenblatt is something like the grand old woman of literature education: she started publishing before the first World War, and kept going strong into the early 2000s. This book is sort of a hodgepodge of her various articles and the like. They are well done, but in a collection like this they become repetitive to the point of being redundant. Rosenblatt is the main proponent of what she calls the "transactional theory" of reading (as distinct from "reader response theory"): its main ideas are ...more
Sirpa Grierson
I was asked by English Journal to review this book just after Rosenblatt's death in 2005. She was the founder of transactional (reader response) theory in 1938 and author of classics including Literature as Exploration (1938) and "The Reader, the Text, the Poem: The Transactional Theory of the Literary Work (1994)." This final volume came out just after her 100th birthday. I was thrilled as I had heard her speak at NCTE the year before. She was still so quick-witted and charming at that time.

I'm reading this for the second time with a new lens. Pretty profound.
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“The reader brings to the work personality traits, memories of past events, present needs and preoccupations, a particular mood of the moment and a particular physical condition. These and many other elements in a never-to-be-duplicated combination determine his response to the text.” 4 likes
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