This course is discontinued


Primary texts:

William Shakespeare: Othello, ed. Edward Pechter (New York: Norton, 2004)

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, ed. J. Paul Hunter (New York: Norton, 1996)

Lord Byron: Manfred and Don Juan, in Byron’s Poetry, ed. Frank D. McConnell (New York: Norton, 1978)

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights, ed. Richard J. Dunn (New York: Norton, 2001)

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie (New York: Norton, 2006)


*In Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies, ed. James L. Machor and Philip Goldstein (London: Routledge, 2001):

• Jauss, ’The Identity of the Poetic Text in the Changing Horizon of Understanding’, pp.7-28

• Tompkins, Jane P., ‘Masterpiece Theater. The Politics of Hawthorne’s Literary Reputation’, pp.133-5

• Taylor, Gary, ’1790’, pp.80-104

• Smith Allen, James, ‘Reading the Novel’, pp.180-202

*Articles in compendium 'ENG2329 Reception Studies' (available at Kopiutsalget, Akademika):

• Fish, Stanley, ‘Interpreting the Variorum’

• Chartier, Roger, ‘Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Reader’

• De Certeau, Michel, ‘Reading as Poaching’

• Iser, Wolfgang, ‘The Reading Process: A Phenomenological Approach’

Recommended secondary literature (not obligatory):

Cavallo, Guglielmo and Roger Chartier (eds.), A History of Reading in the West (Cambridge: Polity, 1999)

Finkelstein, David and Alistair Cleery (eds.), The Book History Reader (London: Routledge, 2002):

Rem, Tore, Bokhistorie (Oslo: Gyldendal, 2003)

Bennett, Andrew (ed.), Readers and Reading (London: Longman, 1995)

Chartier, Roger, The Order of Books (Cambridge: Polity, 1994)

Fish, Stanley, Is There a Text in This Class?

Freund, Elizabeth, The Return of the Reader: Reader-Response Criticism (London: Methuen, 1987)

Jauss, Hans Robert, Toward an Aesthetic of Reception (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota P., 1982)

Tompkins, Jane P., Reader-Response Criticism: From Formalism to Post-Structuralism

Tompkins, Jane P., Sensational Designs (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1980)

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