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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Importance of Reader in the New Technology Era

Marius Mircea Crisan.

In Literary Theory, Reception is a key word. In Europe the famous Constance School of Reception leaded by Hans Robert Jauss opened the way for empirical investigations in literature. Structuralist and Post-Structuralist theories have shown as well the important role of the reader in literary text and American theorists like Stanley Fish, Norman Holland or David Bleich discussed the importance of the act of reading. The reception studies developed recently at University of Alberta from Edmonton focus on empirical studies of literature, David S. Miall, Don Kuiken, Peter Dixon or Marissa Bortolussi emphasizing the role of the real (“statistical”) readers in literary reception.

The virtual literary text is an opened work, as well. The reader is free to navigate in the inner space of the work, to choose the ways / directions that he / she wants to follow while reading. In Juliet Ann Martin’s “Hyperbody” the reader is often addressed, as the author uses the second person and the text ends with an invitation to the reader to (re)enter the world of her imagination. Michael Joyce and Carolyn Guyer’s “Lasting Image” is a text about reception too, as the whole story is built on receiving the work of a “blind man”. I will discuss ways of receiving such texts proposed by the structure of the works.


Marius Mircea Crisan  (Romania)
University Assistant in Literature
Department of Colleges for Teachers
The West University of Timisoara

MARIUS CRISAN is a University Assistant of Literature at The Department of Colleges for Teachers, The West University of Timisoara, Romania. He holds B.A. and M.A. in literature, (after studies at The West University of Timisoara and University of Amsterdam). His PhD. research studies literary reception, discussing recent literary theories from Europe, U.S.A. or Canada. He is also interested in the role of the reader in the new digital literature, as he took part at ICT and The Humanities Summer School, Sweden, 2003. He is concerned not only in theoretical aspects, but also in empirical studies of literature. He is redactor at “Review of Didactic University Opinion”, The West University of Timisoara.

  • Literary Reception
  • Virtual Literature
  • Author - Reader Relationship
  • Reader - Response Theories
Person as Subject
  • Michael Joyce Juliet Ann Martin David S. Miall

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)