> Ah, now you're into 'death of the author' territory. Contemporary critical
> thinking posits that grand narratives imposed by an author (yes, LitCrit
> thinks it is all these days) are a false concept, and that such a
> is but one interpretation, equally as valid as that of anyone else, who
> will bring their own narrative to a work, impose their own truth. This
> other narrative may or may not concur with that of the 'author'.
PLEASE bear in mind that this is one area in contemporary literary theory ..
along with many others, all of whom argue among themselves. Painting broad
strokes (to continue in the artistic vein, if only metaphorically) about this
school of thought is irresponsible and not accurate. Reader-response theory
(which you seem to be referring to) is only one among many forms of LitCrit as
you call it.
*who is desperately trying to come to grips with the vast sea of literary
criticism for his degree.