[ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine

Anna Lillios lillios at mail.ucf.edu
Tue Apr 17 18:37:18 PDT 2007

     In an interview, Durrell--always the trickster--claims that he is constructing "reader-traps":  "The story is the bait, then the trap springs shut."  Durrell lures us into thinking that the reader can "explain" the narrative.  As Clea remarks: "It is our disease to want to contain everything within the frame of reference of a psychology or a philosophy."  

     And, of course, the reader mustn't forget Roland Barthes's essay, "The Death of the Author."  Once the author sets down his/her pen, the reader is then the author of the text.

     Happy reading!


Dr. Anna Lillios
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
University of Central Florida
P.O. Box 161346
Orlando, Florida 32816-1346

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