Charles Lamb | Critical Essay by Janet Ruth Heller

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Charles Lamb.
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Critical Essay by Janet Ruth Heller

SOURCE: Heller, Janet Ruth. “Lamb and Reader-Response Criticism.” In Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, pp. 115-27. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990.

In the following excerpt, Heller assesses Lamb's “On the Tragedies of Shakespeare” and other critical essays that concentrate on the act of reading as a creative process.

Scholars have recently devoted many books, articles, and conferences to the responses of readers to texts and investigated different authors' concepts of “the implied reader.”1 Writers like Stanley Fish, Walter Slatoff, and Wolfgang Iser have explored the demands that poets and novelists make on the reading public. However, few twentieth-century critics have taken any interest in the reader's reaction to a published play, perhaps because they define drama as solely a performing art.

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