Reading The Eve of St.Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

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Oxford University Press, Oct 14, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
Using the 180-year history of Keats'sEve of St. Agnes as a basis for theorizing about the reading process, Stillinger's book explores the nature and whereabouts of "meaning" in complex works. A proponent of authorial intent, Stillinger argues a theoretical compromise between author and reader, applying a theory of interpretive democracy that includes the endlessly multifarious reader's response as well as Keats's guessed-at intent. Stillinger also considers the process of constructing meaning, and posits an answer to why Keats's work is considered canonical, and why it is still being read and admired.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Literary Transaction
3
The Starting Materials Texts and Circumstances
17
The Multiple Readings
35
Why There Are So Many Meanings I Complex Readership
79
Why There Are So Many Meanings II Complex Authorship
97
Conclusion Keats among the English Poets
115
Appendixes
131
Notes
155
Bibliography
167
Index
179
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