Readers, Responses and Popular Culture
Within literary theory, Barthes’ pronouncements have stimulated the emergence of reader and audience theory.
We know that a text is not a line of words releasing a single ‘theological’ meaning (the ‘message’ of the Author-God) but a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash. The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from innumerable centres of culture.3
KeywordsPopular Culture Literary Theorist Science Fiction World History Intellectual History
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