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

Geneva School:

A school of phenomenological critics, the original members of which were associated with the University of Geneva. These "critics of consciousness" -- Georges Poulet, Marcel Raymond, Albert Begum, J. Hillis Miller, and others -- argue that the function of the reader is to enter into the consciousness of the author and then reproduce that consciousness in critical writing. The work is seen as a verbalization of the author's consciousness, and the reader strives for "consciousness of the consciousness of another."

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