The Subjectivity of Literary Interpretations

Zeena Mohammad Tahir


This paper attempts to examine the effectiveness of literary interpretations applied to literary texts. It demonstrates how critical approaches provide an in-depth analysis of the subjectivity of literary interpretations in addition to their objective view of literature. That is, critical approaches open new horizons for readers to grasp the core conceptual meaning of literary works which, in turn, make the receptive readers involved in the analytical process of their elements, such as plot, setting, narrative point of view, and characterization. The discussion of literary interpretations reveals the possibility of delving deep into the critical nuances of literature as a human product concerned with depicting reality in both subjective and objective styles. In this respect, the paper sheds light in the relationship between the author and the reader in creating a literary text including the subjective mood of its interconnected elements. The subjectivity of literary interpretations will be highlighted by discussing this relationship in terms of formal interconnectedness and public sphere, structuralism, and post-Structuralism.


Formal interconnectedness; Post-structuralism; Public sphere; Structuralism, subjectivity; Theory

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