Irrecoverable intentions and literary interpretation

British Journal of Aesthetics 37 (1):15-30 (1997)
The paper explores the relevance of irrecoverable authorial intentions to the interpretation of texts. It suggests that the ways in which different conventions of discourse take account of the existence of irrecoverable intentions (i.e. of the failure of texts perfectly to represent their authors' intentions) can guide us to a criterion for distinguishing 'literary' from 'non-literary' texts, or 'literary'(aesthetically motivated) from 'non-literary' readings of texts.
Keywords literary aesthetics  interpretation  authorial intention  meaning  illocutionary act
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DOI 10.1093/bjaesthetics/37.1.15
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