Interpretation as Pragmatics

Paperback | July 1, 1999

byJean-Jacques Lecercle

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Does interpretation have anything to do with truth? This new theory of interpretation denies this, yet it argues that some interpretations are false and some are just. These theses are justified through a pragmatic model of interpretation as a language-game involving five participants: an author, a text, a reader, a language, and an encyclopedia. The model claims to provide an account of both literary interpretation and face-to-face dialogue. The central intuition is that authorial intention is radically separated from textual meaning and that consequently, the reader's role is one of necessary imposture.

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Does interpretation have anything to do with truth? This new theory of interpretation denies this, yet it argues that some interpretations are false and some are just. These theses are justified through a pragmatic model of interpretation as a language-game involving five participants: an author, a text, a reader, a language, and an en...

Jean-Jacques Lecercle is Professor of English at the University of Paris at Nanterre.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:261 pages, 8.52 × 5.46 × 0.72 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:Mps 3pl

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ISBN - 10:0312221533

ISBN - 13:9780312221539

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Pragmatics of Interpretation * "Let Him Have It, Chris" * Alter Ego * The Reader, or:Imposture * The Author, or:Intention * Language, or:Interpellation * Encyclopedia, or:The Pragmatics of Literature