Applying Reader-Response Criticism Summarization of Different Points Reader-Response criticism has as its foundation that literature is a performing art. Drama, comedy and tragedy are enacted when read bringing meaning to the event for the reader. There is no final meaning in reader-response criticism. There is no one correct answer; all things are transactional, dialogic and require interaction with the reader of the text. Kennedy and Gioia use “A Rose for Emily” and “How Do We Make a Poem?” as examples of interpretation and performance between the reader and the text as examples of how reader-response criticism can be applied (Kennedy and Gioia 2044-2047; “Reader-Response Criticism”). Readers interpret text subjectively which means that...The end:
.....the reading. They seek to tell the reader what they “should” be experiencing. Sometimes I think that we try to fix things in life that are not broken and that in doing so we break things that where always working. What happened to simply reading a book and enjoying it as an escape for life on life’s terms? Reader-response has taken away the enjoyment of escape in reading by making it a job of figuring out how I (the reader) should react (Kennedy and Gioia 2044-2047; “Reader-Response Criticism”). Works Cited Kennedy, X. J. and Gioia , Dana. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing. New York: Longman Publishing, 2009. “Reader-Response Criticism.” October 1998. <http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/readercrit.html>.