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.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. 165 pp.
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.