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A Shared Imaginary City: The Role Of The Reader In The Fiction Of Muḥammad Khuḍayyir, John Joseph Henry Rossetti Jan 2017

A Shared Imaginary City: The Role Of The Reader In The Fiction Of Muḥammad Khuḍayyir, John Joseph Henry Rossetti

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This study examines the literary output of the Iraqi author Muḥammad Khuḍayyir (b. 1942), and specifically analyzes how his fiction—by turns puzzle-like, metafictional, and open-ended—invites the reader to create meaning. This project employs the theoretical approach of reader-response theory to examine his texts, specifically addressing the work of three theorists: firstly, Umberto Eco and his concept of the “open work” as a distinct quality of modern literature; secondly, Wolfgang Iser, who proposed that texts destabilize the reader’s horizon of expectations, and thus prompt her to fill in its gaps; and finally, Stanley Fish, who argues that a ...