Abstract

Abstract:

How to interpret literary texts has long been a tough issue in literary criticism. This essay considers three salient hermeneutic models, which are text-as-object theory, authorial intent theory, and reader-response theory, arguing that the three are similarly constrained by their common commitment to pursuing a single source in literary interpretation. Insofar as literature is a complex cultural system, it is necessary, when theorizing the mechanism of meaning making, to shift from "single cause" theories to a new framework premised on a complex system thinking, incorporating "multiple causes" in line with the negotiability and complexity of literary hermeneutics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 105-123
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-05
Open Access
No
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