"The Reader and the Text: Transaction and Reaction in Cormier's After the First Death"

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Title

"The Reader and the Text: Transaction and Reaction in Cormier's After the First Death"

Description

In this scholarly article, written by Hugh Agee and Eugenia Vazey, the authors explore the narrative ambiguity of After the First Death through the lens of student responses. Drawing from writing produced by his college class of English education majors, Agee and his co-author draw upon Louise Rosenblatt's transactional theory and address the personal dimension of the literary transactional experience. Specifically, they contrast the author's intention with the reader's personal response and interpretation. That is to say, where two interpretations are possible, what should hold sway - the author's plan or the reader's feelings? Agee's conclusion - the best interpretation is based on textual evidence.

Source

Focus: Teaching English Language Arts Volume 18 Number 2

Publisher

Robert Cormier Collection at Fitchburg State University's Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library

Date

Spring 1992

Contributor

Elise Takehana, Anna Consalvo, Katy Covino

Format

JPG, 8.5 x 11 paper

Language

English

Citation

Hugh Agee, Eugenia Veazey, “"The Reader and the Text: Transaction and Reaction in Cormier's After the First Death",” Robert E. Cormier Archive Collection 2, accessed August 13, 2020, https://terrorandbullies.omeka.net/items/show/113.

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