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

Jack Stillinger

Abstract

Using the 180-year history of Keats’s “Eve of St. Agnes” as a basis for theorizing about the reading process, this book explores the nature and whereabouts of “meaning” in complex works. A proponent of authorial intent, the author 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. The author also ruminates on 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 ad ... More

Keywords: Keats, reading process, meaning, authorial intent, author, reader, interpretive democracy, canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Stillinger, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign