4 to 6 pages

4 Reliable outside sources (i will attach them below) if you find better sources please include them!

MLA Format

Your essay must contain:

a clear argument – you must take a clear and firm stand on the question

of which literary theory you agree with, Reader Response or Authorial


Support for that argument by means of evidence.

A counter-argument – Make a case for the opposing opinion.

A rebuttal to the counter-argument – Why the opposing opinion is weak.

Your thesis statement will answer the question:

Which of the opposing theories, Reader Response or Authorial Intent, is


Authorial intent Theory:

A position that argues that the creator of a text possesses a privileged

understanding of its meaning and that consequently any interpretation that

contradicts this understanding must defer to the author’s intentions.

Reader Response Theory (This is the topic I would like for you to defend)

A view of literary works that argues that meaning does not reside in the

text, but in the mind of the reader. The text functions only as a canvas onto

which the reader projects whatever his or her reactions may be. The text is

a cause of different thoughts, but does not provide a reason for one

interpretation rather than another.

sources to use:

Focus on Reader-Response Strategies,

“Pennington Publishing Blog.” Reader-Response Theory | Pennington Publishing Blog,

Purdue Writing Lab. “Reader-Response Criticism // Purdue Writing Lab.” Purdue Writing Lab,

Scott, and Linda M. “Bridge from Text to Mind: Adapting Reader-Response Theory to Consumer Research.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 1 Dec. 1994,

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