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

Horizon of expectation:

The purview or vista of a text or reader, the set of historically, psychologically, and culturally conditioned assumptions or conventions that are implicit either in the verbal meaning of a text or in the interpretive strategy of a reader. (See also Hermeneutics.)

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