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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Affective stylistics:

A term used by Stanley Fish to describe the necessary reliance of the critic upon his or her affective responses to stylistic elements in the text. According to Fish, the literary text is not formally self-sufficient; it is created in part by the interpretive strategy that the reader deploys. One must therefore analyze "the developing responses of the reader in relation to the words as they succeed one another in time." The work and its result are one and the same thing; what a text is is what a text does.


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