The Evaluation of Literary Texts

An Experimental Investigation into the Rationalization of Value Judgments with Reference to Semiotics and Esthetics of Reception

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[Studies in Semiotics, 22]  1978.  234 pp.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher: Peter de Ridder Press
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
7
Part I. Theoretical Introduction
1. The Literary Text in the Communication Process
13
1.1. Semiotics and information theory
14
1.2. The communication process of a literary text
20
1.3. Research problem
31
2. The Relations between Text and Reader
35
2.1. Russian Formalism
35
2.2. Prague Structuralism
36
2.3. Esthetics of reception
40
3. Auxiliary Disciplines for the Investigation into Literary Evaluation
57
3.1. Value theory
58
3.2. A parallelism between axiology and epistemology?
63
3.3. Sociology of literature
68
3.4. Psychology of literature
71
4. The Structure of Literary Evaluation
80
4.1. The place of evaluation in the investigation into a literary text
81
4.2. Two different theories of literary value
83
4.3. The structure of the literary value judgment
84
4.4. Research into literary evaluation
89
Part II. Experimental Research
5. An Experimental Investigation into the Evaluation of a Literary Text
95
5.1. Problem
96
5.2. Readers and texts
98
5.3. Indiana investigation
100
5.4. Yale investigation
125
5.5. Recapitulation, general discussion and conclusions
144
6. Some Implications of the Experimental Method for the Study of Literature
156
6.1. Further discussion of the experiments
156
6.2. Problems to be considered in future experiments
159
6.3. Possibilities and limitations of the experimental method
160
Appendices: 1. The four short stories
171
2. Questionnaire A
187
3. Questionnaire B
189
4. Questionnaire C
192
References
199
Index of Authors
227
Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Semiotics
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  80454016