Reader Response CT

  1. Efferent Mode
    focuses on the information contained in the text, as if it were a storehouse of facts and ideas that we could carry away with us
  2. Determinate Meaning
    what might be called the facts of the text, certain events in the plot or physical descriptions clearly provided by the words on the page
  3. Indeterminate Meaning
    “gaps” in the text such as actions that are not clearly explained or that seem to have multiple explanations which allow, or even invite readers to create their own interpretations
  4. Retrospection
    thinking back to what we’ve read earlier in the text; anticipation of what will come next; fulfillment or disappointment of our anticipation; revision of our understanding of characters and events
  5. text
    the printed words on the page
  6. poem
    the literary work produced by the text and the reader together
  7. blueprint
    used to correct the interpretation when we realize it has traveled too far afield of what it was written on the page
  8. aesthetic
    experience a personal relationship to the text that focuses our attention on the emotional subtleties of its language and encourages us to make judgments
  9. real objects
    physical objects
  10. symbolic objects
    occur, not in the physical world but in the conceptual world (mind of the reader)
  11. symbolization
    the conceptual or symbolic world created by perception and identification of the reading experience
  12. resymbolization
    the experience of the text that produces in us a desire for explanation
  13. negotiable
    (in producing knowledge, the response statement must be __); contribute to the group's production of knowledge about the experience of reading
  14. reader oriented
    substitute talk about oneself for talk about one's reading experience
  15. reality oriented
    substitute talk about issues in the world for talk about one's reading experience
  16. experience oriented
    reader's reaction to the text, describing exactly how specific passages made the reader feel, think, or associate
  17. identity theme
    pattern of our psychological conflicts and coping strategies
  18. defense mode
    psychological defenses are raised by the text
  19. fantasy mode
    find a way to interpret the text that will tranquilize those defenses and thus fulfill our desire to be protected from threats to our psychological equilibrium
  20. transformation mode
    transform defense mode and fantasy mode into an abstract interpretation so that we can get the psychological satisfaction we desire without acknowledging to ourselves the anxiety-producing defenses and guilt-producing fantasies that underlie our assessment of the text
  21. interpretive community
    those who share the interpretative strategies we bring to texts when we read
  22. informed reader
    the reader who has attained the literary competency necessary to experience the text in the fullness of its linguistic and literary complexity and who conscientiously tries to suppress the personal or idiosyncratic dimension of his or her response
  23. implied reader
    the reader that the text seems to be addressing
  24. stimulus
    what the text acts as, conjuring feelings, associations, and memories as we read
  25. response statement
    response to literary text, which is often then analyzed itself
Card Set
Reader Response CT
Reader Response