The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the author’s role in the meaning of a work as well as how a work can continuously develop through readers’ interpretations. This thesis uses Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” to illustrate and examine the ways in which the author creates the meaning of a work and the reader seeks to understand the meaning. Theoretically, two seemingly identical fictional texts can be different works. The definitive and functional meaning of a work goes beyond the tangibility of its text. However, two identical texts cannot be acknowledged as two separate works by our society. Our real world, day-to-day life, requires readers to acknowledge only one author for each work. Although a reader might not understand the exact intention of the author, an approximately accurate understanding will allow the reader to apply the interpretation to her environment.
|Commitee:||Wieland, Nellie, Blankley, Elyse|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||British and Irish literature, Literature|
|Keywords:||ecocriticism, form in literature, hyperobject, ontology, philosophy of language, philosophy of literature|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be