With only 2 days to go, I thought I'd share a few sentences from my Masters thesis, a paper partly based on Reader-Response Theory.
When dealing with fiction, what is the ‘correct’ interpretation?
A literary work has two parts; the aesthetic and the artistic. The artistic pole is the author's text, and the aesthetic is the perception of the text accomplished by the reader. Therefore the literary work can neither be only the text or the subjectivity of the reader but actually an interpretation or reality situated between the two.
Reader-response literary criticism states that it is the reader who interprets what the language in any text means. It is the reader who has the right to decide which interpretation they would like to understand as the one which fits the text.
[However,] it is clear that an interpretation of a literary work depends on many factors, not only of the text, with its words and emotions it creates from them within the reader, and also the social, educational and cultural schemata of both the reader and the writer...
Humanity H2O is written in this way, with space to allow the reader to access their own schemata and interpret the text as they see fit. Unfortunately for myself, that means some 1 star, 2 star and 3 star ratings due to that particular reader's interpretation through their schemata. But this is freedom! This is thought creativity. No spoon feeding!
...still working on Farkas Alpha, looking forward to Radnoti X being out there in the world!