Nonfiction | December 01, 1987

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Ten years ago my title might have been catchy or at least puzzling. These days, anyone who keeps up with the trends in criticism assumes that I will somehow play upon the principle–most commonly associated with Stanley Fish–that the meaning of a text “has no effective existence outside of its realization in the mind of a reader,” that each reader creates the text during the process of absorbing the words that an author has strung together.

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