You can read about the so called l=a=n=g=u=a=g=e poet's rejection of closure here (it's short). Is she saying that an open reading, which is what the text is about, theorizes on, does not privilege different goals in reading, e.g. working out whodunit?

Hejinian is explicitly saying that there are many readings of an open text, so I just wondered if each different method, way, of reading a text is equally viable.

The “open text” often emphasizes or foregrounds process, either the process of the original composition or of subsequent compo­sitions by readers

  • it's unclear to me what your'e asking. could you please elaborate. – Niffler Jan 13 at 2:05
  • i am asking what a key / lead concept in a text (that i linked to) means @Niffler ? not sure why that wasn't obvious, can you edit the question to explain that? – a_person Jan 13 at 11:34
  • The standard tenet of the New Criticism is that the you should not give the author's reading any privilege over other well-thought out readings. Saying that no reading is better than any other takes this to a ridiculous extreme, and I really don't believe that this is what Lyn Hejinian is advocating in her essay. – Peter Shor Jan 14 at 15:45
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    Is there anything in her essay that makes you think she is talking about different goals in reading rather than different readings? – Peter Shor Jan 14 at 20:35
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    you have my vote – Niffler Jan 14 at 23:25

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