Confession and Complicity in Narrative
What is the relationship between the author and the reader of a text? Recent contributions to reader-response theory suggest that the reader is relatively passive. Foster argues that the relationship is more complex than that: readers enter into complicity with writers and create the illusion of the writer's mastery over meaning in order that they might also see themselves as masters and become writers in their own place. This dynamic model of the reading process is most clearly revealed in confessional narratives, and so Foster explores the intricate patterns of the reader/writer symbiosis in texts by Saint Augustine, Kierkegaard, Henry James, Hawthorne, Faulkner, and Beckett. What emerges is a new theory of reading literature: the engagement between writer and reader as a struggle for power in which the reader is active in his complicity and fully aware of his own interpretations.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Absalom adultery allegory antinomianism attempt Augustine Augustine's authority Beckett's become Bon's claim coherence Compson confession confessional confessor consciousness consequently conventional Cordelia Corvick critic denies desire Diary Dimmesdale Dimmesdale's discourse discover display divine dualism effect embroidery evoke failure father Faulkner feels figure Freud God's guilt Gwendolen Haiti Hegel Henry hermeneutic Hester illusion imagine imitation impotence incest interpretation Johannes Johannes's Judith knowledge Lacan language listener literal master meaning Mirror Stage miscegenation Molina motivations myth narcissism narcissistic narrative narrator narrator's never object obligation origin passion Pettibone Pettibone's pleasure present produce pronouns provides Puritan Quentin and Shreve Rappaccini's Daughter reader reading recognize repetition represent representation reveal says Scarlet Letter seduction seems semiotic sense signifier sinner sins sion speak speaker speech story structure suggests Sutpen tale tell tion transcendent transforming transgression truth understand Unnamable Vereker Vereker's voice words writer