I am looking for relatively short responses to my below questions.
1.) How can I best explain to my interested friends the difference between "reader response" and "authorial intent"?
2.) Why is the issue of communication important to the the discussion of authorial intent?
3.) Who controls the meaning in interpretation: me the reader or the author and why is this important?
4.) How can I define the terms: literary meaning, allegory, and typology in one sentence?.
5.) I am having a challenge explaining the major difference between an allegory and a typology?
6.) As a Christian today should I employ these techniques and why?
What would be some good backup sources I could read up on to refine my knowledge to each of these subjects? Thanks.
Questions and Answers:
1. Reader's response is how the reader interprets the book or message. Our response is often dependent upon the time/generation/culture we live in. For instance how we response to Charles Dicken's Great Expectations in this era, North American culture is different to how a reader in England, the early 1900's prior to WWI would read it. Authorial intent is the message which the author intends to convey in his story. Thus, there is a correct interpretation. The author may or may not write the message to be intended for a particular audience or for a general audience and culture/generation/era etc.
2. The issue of communication is important ...
Basic concepts in biblical interpretation