reader-response criticism


Definition of reader-response criticism

: a literary criticism that focuses primarily on the reader's reaction to a text

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First Known Use of reader-response criticism

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Reader-response criticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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