Multiple Implied Readers

19 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2009

Date Written: June 4, 2009


This paper reflects on the concept of the implied reader in narrative fiction, with special reference to Walker Gibson and Wayne Booth's original conception, and to Brian Richardson's recent work on multiple implied readers. The fuzziness of the concept of the implied reader, and its tendency to multiply, is shown to be related to the diverse interactional and interpretive uses of the texts.

Este artículo reflexiona sobre el concepto de lector implícito en la ficción narrativa, con referencia especial al concepto originario de Walker Gibson y Wayne Booth, y al reciente trabajo de Brian Richardson sobre la multiplicidad de lectores implícitos. Se muestra cómo los límites difusos del concepto de lector implícito, y la tendencia del mismo a multiplicarse, son fenómenos relacionados con los diferentes usos interaccionales y hermenéuticos de los textos.

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Keywords: Literature, Literary theory, Narratology, Fiction, Reading, Implied reader, Hermeneutics, Reception, Interpretation, Discourse

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Multiple Implied Readers (June 4, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005


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