The Ambiguity in Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

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World Literature Essay Subject: English Literature A1 Topic: Ambiguity in Manuel Puig’s novel Kiss of the Spider Woman “I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous.” Keith Richards Reflection on Ernie Chen’s IO “Psychological Reader-Response Theory” Kiss of the Spider Woman is a novel written by Argentine author Manuel Puig. In his work Puig uses different narration techniques, which bring ambiguity in the reading and comprehension processes. From today’s IO, I learned a more scientific approach on reader’s psychological perception and about an interesting figure Norman Norwood Holland. Mr. Norwood focused on what readers’ interpretation or readers response reveal about them and not about the text. Readers Response is a school of literary criticism that ignores both the author and the text’s contents, confining analysis to the reader’s experience when reading a particular work. From a psychological point of view, all the readers receive a textual threat to their psychological equilibrium and in order to restore that equilibrium the reader must construe text in the way that will lead to fulfillment of psychological need and desire. Interpretation is thus a psychological process rather than an intellectual one. Literary interpretation may or may not reveal the meaning of the text, but to a discerning eye it always reveals the psychology of the reader. Psychological Dimension of our interpretations is not readily apparent to ourselves and others because we unconsciously couch it in aesthetic, intellectual, social, or moral abstractions to relieve the anxiety and guilt our projections arouse in us. Mr. Norwood divides the process of accumulating the final
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