Authorial Intention in Literary Hermeneutics: On Two American Theories
Miscelánea, Vol. 12, pp. 61-92, 1991
27 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2011
Date Written: 1991
This paper is a critical examination of two antithetical theories on the role of authorial intention in the criticism and interpretation of literature: the New Critics' "intentional fallacy" and E. D. Hirsch's historicist objectivism. A third way is put forward: a regulative objectivism which emerges as a a result of critical debate.
Keywords: Interpretation, Hermeneutics, Criticism, Intention, Literary criticism, Intentionality, Authorship, Meaning
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