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

Reception theory:

A form of reader-response theory that focuses on the reception of a text, both on an individual and on a historical basis. Reception aesthetics examines how readers realize the potentials of a text; reception history examines how readings change over the course of time. (See also Constance School of Reception Aesthetics, Implied reader, Reader-response criticism.)

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