Questions tagged [reception]

Questions about how audiences responded to specific literary works, including theories about the reception of literary works. This can cover both qualitative and quantitative aspects (e.g. sales figures). This tag should not be used for questions about how one author influenced another or for questions specifically about meaning or interpretation.

12 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
17 votes
0 answers
248 views

What is the Pasifika response to "Nation"?

Pratchett's Nation was recommended to me because it depicts an alternate reality version of Pasifika cultures, faiths, and traditions. A quick glance at Wikipedia tells me it's got cannibals and ...
BESW's user avatar
  • 4,890
7 votes
0 answers
696 views

How does the trans community view Gore Vidal's *Myra Breckinridge*?

Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge (1968) was perhaps the first major novel in English to have a transgender protagonist. Myra, née Myron, undergoes gender confirmation surgery. In order to retain Myron's ...
verbose's user avatar
  • 22.1k
7 votes
0 answers
158 views

Was Fontane's Tay Bridge poem compared to McGonagall's at the time?

The Tay Bridge Disaster is one of the most famous bridge collapses. It inspired a universally reviled (yet nevertheless wildly (in)famous) poem from William McGonagall, "The Tay Bridge Disaster&...
bobble's user avatar
  • 9,553
6 votes
0 answers
107 views

What did the students at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind think of "Redwall"?

The Redwall series was originally written by Jacques for the students of the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind. This is pretty well documented, from the official website (click on "About Brian&...
bobble's user avatar
  • 9,553
6 votes
0 answers
65 views

Since when do the Portuguese regard The Lusiads as their national epic?

According to Wikipedia, Os Lusíadas is often regarded as Portugal's national epic, much as Virgil's Aeneid was for the Ancient Romans, or Homer's Iliad and Odyssey for the Ancient Greeks. The ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 44k
4 votes
0 answers
39 views

How were Susan Coolidge's Katy novels received in Victorian Britain?

Susan Coolidge is the pen name of Sarah Chaucey Woolsey (1835–1905). Beginning in 1872, Coolidge published a series of stories about the Carr family. The chief character in most of them is the oldest ...
verbose's user avatar
  • 22.1k
3 votes
0 answers
54 views

Evidence that "What is an author?" and "The death of the author" had a bombshell effect?

The French Wikipedia article about Roland Barthes has a section on the literary critic's essay "The death of the author" containing the following statement: Conjugué à la conférence de ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 44k
3 votes
0 answers
70 views

How did the relationships in Henry James' "The Golden Bowl" strike contemporary readers?

In The Golden Bowl, the main characters are a woman (Maggie Verver), her father (Adam Verver), her friend (Charlotte Stant), and her husband (Prince Amerigo). Maggie seems to encourage Charlotte and ...
Persimmon_Leaves's user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
189 views

Evidence that many early readers misunderstood A Modest Proposal as a serious recommendation?

The Wikipedia article on satire has a section on censorship and criticsim which contains the following claim (emphasis added): For instance, at the time of its publication, many people misunderstood ...
Tsundoku's user avatar
  • 44k
2 votes
0 answers
200 views

Perception of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by contemporaries

It is a common trope that high schoolers, and perhaps many more people, view Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as overdone and somewhat cheesy and shallow, for lack of better words. Would it have been ...
Corsair64's user avatar
  • 129
1 vote
0 answers
55 views

How was the poem "The Pardah Nashin" received by critics and the general public?

I've been reading the poem The Pardah Nashin from the book The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu: HER life is a revolving dream Of languid and sequestered ease; Her girdles and her fillets gleam ...
Charo's user avatar
  • 2,084
1 vote
0 answers
59 views

How was "Symptoms of Being Human" received by the queer community?

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin tells the story of Riley, and the story of her navigating a new school, people bullying him, and being outed as genderfluid to their family. Recently on Writing ...
Mithical's user avatar
  • 23.3k