The Primacy of the Reader (II)

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In my previous lecture I distinguished four areas of emphasis in literary criticism, but I discussed only two of these: criticism that is focused upon the literary work as an organism or a structure–some sort of verbal entity, give it whatever more precise term you may choose–and criticism that is concerned primarily with the author himself, whether the critic stresses his personal history or the various cultural forces that formed him.

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