He's the father of psychoanalysis, and he had a boatload of things to say about how we interpret symbolism in dreams and art. Is it any wonder that a number of later Reader-Response theorists would find inspiration in this dude's ideas?
Rosenblatt was way ahead of the game when she published this book in 1938. It's the first work of literary theory that systematically lays out a Reader-Response perspective.
Reader-Response theorists reacted, in part, against the doctrines of New Criticism. Literary criticism is all about the text, you say? Reader-Response theorists might have a few things to say about that.
Fish gives us a new perspective on an old classic, by focusing on how Milton's poem plays with us readers by making us—surprise!—like Satan.
"What does literature do to us?" This, says Fish, is the one question we all need to be asking ourselves if we want to undertake any kind of literary criticism.
Thanks to Iser, we now know that every text has an implied reader.
Holland analyzes five readers reading and shows how they all respond in very different ways to the same literary texts.
In this follow-up to The Implied Reader, Wolfgang shows us how meaning is to be found in the act of reading rather than in just the text itself.
Forget about analyzing the text—let's psychoanalyze the reader! Er, something like that.
Fish is fishing in new waters in this book. He shows us how we need to take into account not just the reader but actually the entire interpretive community the reader is part of when we're studying a literary text.