Intentional Interpretation: Fundamental Questions

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1. The Author

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1.1.1. To whom precisely do we refer when we evoke or indicate "the author"? Implied author Neither the real author nor the narrator, the implied author is the idea of the author constructed by the reader as she or he reads the narrative. In an intentional reading, the implied author is that sensibility and moral intelligence that the reader gradually constructs to infer the intended meanings and effects of the narrative. The subject of interpretation "Real" or "historical author" The subject of biography Flesh and blood; dead or alive; eats, drinks, laughs, cries . . . .

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1.2.1. Why the "implied author"? The text implies this author; the reader infers and constructs him or her.

2. The Narrator

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2.1.1. What is the role of the narrator?

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2.2.1. Is the narrator essential to narrative?

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2.3.1. How does the narrator mediate the narrative? A What is the narrator's relationship to the reader? B To the author? C Is the narrator the author? D Is the narrator's sensibility and moral intelligence also/equal to the sensibility and moral intelligence of the author?

3. The Reader

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3.1.1. Whose voice(s) does the reader hear?

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3.2.1. Which voice(s) should the reader trust?

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3.3.1. By what authority do we claim to know the author's intended meaning?

4. Narrative

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4.1.1. What is narrative? The representation of a story

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4.2.1. What are the defining components of narrative? A Narrative discourse B Story

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4.3.1. Are narratives whole or unified?

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4.4.1. How does the narrative convey the author's intended meaning?

5. Objective: Define, explain, and represent metaphorically: "narrative," "story," "narrative discourse," and "implied author."