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Prospecting

From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology

Wolfgang Iser

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Why do we need literature, and what does this need tell us about human nature? Wolfgang Iser shows how these questions grew out of his pioneering work in reader-response criticism and how the answers to them may lie in the new field of literary anthropology. Iser's recent work spans a wide range of viewpoints and subject matter, from sixteenth- to twentieth-century literature, from Spenser and Shakespeare to Joyce and Beckett. In thirteen chapters that chart his intellectual development over the past decade, Iser sets forth what reader-response theory has accomplished—and where it has fallen…

Why do we need literature, and what does this need tell us about human nature? Wolfgang Iser shows how these questions grew out of his pioneering work in reader-response criticism and how the answers to them may lie in the new field of literary anthropology. Iser's recent work spans a wide range of viewpoints and subject matter, from sixteenth- to twentieth-century literature, from Spenser and Shakespeare to Joyce and Beckett. In thirteen chapters that chart his intellectual development over the past decade, Iser sets forth what reader-response theory has accomplished—and where it has fallen short. Reevaluating such time-honored concepts as representation, he sketches out a new "play theory" of the text that sees literature as an ongoing enactment of human possibilities.

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An important transitional book, usefully summarizing the past and thoughtfully mapping out the future of a significant critic's theoretical project.

There is a much greater emphasis on the reader's function as 'performer' of the text in Prospecting than in Iser's other books. The two brilliant chapters on Beckett's fiction and drama are crucial here... Literature becomes 'play' and 'game,' and the reader becomes a performer of himself. This idea of performance becomes central to Iser's new theory. Art does not present life; it performs it.

Prospecting contains fine examples of Iser's ability to relate theoretical issues to analyses of individual works. It will deservedly enhance his reputation as a critic and theorist who writes with equal skill and learning about Renaissance, Neoclassic, and modernist texts.

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Wolfgang Iser

Wolfgang Iser, who has taught at leading universities in the United States and Europe, is currently professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Constance.