Special Topic: Reconfiguring Authorship

The Reader as Author

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  • Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge)

Abstract

"The Reader as Author" explores how readers become co-authors of the literary experience, through the imaginative act of filling gaps or, indeed, through their resistance to authorial propositions. The “virtual witnessing” in Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle and the companionable tone of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books—testify to the broad range of literary genres that invite readers to interact with and react to “author” texts beyond the initial writer’s control.

Keywords: Gillian Beer, Authorship, readers, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll

How to Cite:

Beer, G., (2014) “The Reader as Author”, Authorship 3(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/aj.v3i1.1066

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Published on
31 Mar 2014
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