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Senses' Tender

Recovering the Novel for the Reader

William Kermit Buckley

Senses'Tender discusses novels by Joyce, Lawrence, and Céline as works of art that illustrate just how stubbornly reality operates in a novel. When readers experience Wayne Burns' «Panzaic Principle» and connect reality to the idealism in their lives, then «contextualist criticism» claims that those readers have had a vivid aesthetic experience.
Contents: Senses' Tender is intended as an introductory text for use in the classroom by upper division students. Contextualism and the «Panzaic principle» - both radical reader-response theories - are defined and applied to Joyce, Lawrence, and Céline. No other book in the field has defined this particular theory.