Louise M. Rosenblatt



Average rating: 4.02 · 352 ratings · 40 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Literature as Exploration

4.03 avg rating — 214 ratings — published 1933 — 9 editions
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The Reader, the Text, the P...

4.01 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1978 — 3 editions
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L'Idée de l'art pour l'art...

0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1976
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“An intense response to a work will have its roots in the capacities and experiences already present in the personality and mind of the reader.”
Louise M. Rosenblatt, Literature as Exploration

“We are frequently being reminded that no criticism or teaching is ever completely politically "innocent." True, but should we accept the swing to the indoctrination of an unqualifiedly negative attitude, which fosters a sense of alienation, of being a powerless victim? And should we permit a simplistic view of "power" to trigger simplistic notions of alternatives and processes of social change?”
Louise M. Rosenblatt

“Through the medium of words, the text brings into the reader's consciousness certain concepts, certain sensuous experiences, certain images of things, people, actions, scenes. The special meanings and, more particularly, the submerged associations that these words have for the individual reader will largely determine what the work communicates to him. 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 peculiar contribution of the text.”
Louise M. Rosenblatt, Literature as Exploration



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