Reading for the Truth
by Jan Sjavik (9781877275623)

Reading for the Truth
 
Jan Sjavik
Release Date: 01 March 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 169
Category: Scandinavian
Publisher: Cybereditions
ISBN: 9781877275623
ISBN-10: 187727562X



Through detailed discussion of central works in Norwegian fiction, Reading for the Truth illustrates and substantiates some important points in the theory of literary interpretation. Inspired by Donald Davidson's epistemological concept of triangulation, the author argues that intersubjective literary interpretation is an attractive alternative to critical practices that focus either on authorial intention or on the ability of readers to impute to a text whatever meaning they like. For when the meaning of a text is arrived at intersubjectively by two or more readers it is much more likely to be an instance of critical truth than when its meaning is assigned by an single reader or critic. The book discusses such canonical works as Arne Garborg, Peace (1892), Knut Hamsun, Pan (1894), and Ole E. Rxlvaag, Giants in the Earth (1924), as well as short stories by Maurits Hansen, Alexander L. Kielland, and Terje Stigen. Focusing on the role of rhetoric and irony in these texts, Sjevik shows how an intersubjective approach is advantageous, if not indeed necessary, in any serious attempt to establish their meaning.

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