Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Philosophical Perspectives on Art$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 July 2019

Interpreting Contextualities

Interpreting Contextualities

(p.149) 10 Interpreting Contextualities
Philosophical Perspectives on Art

Stephen Davies (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts a model for literary interpretation that is ‘readerly’ in being restrained and backward-looking, with one that is ‘writerly’ in being creative and forward-looking. The first pays homage to the efforts of the work's creator, and the second shows respect for the meanings the work presents to the critic's contemporary audience. Despite appearances to the contrary, the first theory is no less capable than the second of accounting for actual critical practice. Adjudicating between them involves considering whether the creation and appreciation of literature answers primarily to an interest in works alone or to works as the product of human authors. The second option is more plausible and can be consistent with the widely held view that literary works admit of multiple interpretations.

Keywords:   appreciation of literature, literary interpretation, meanings, author, work

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .