Shame, Guilt, Empathy, and the Search for Identity in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Among other things, tragedy dramatizes identity crises. At the root of such crises lie feelings of shame. You might ask: what about guilt? There is no question that guilt plays a major role in tragedy, but tragedy also dramatizes the way in which feelings of shame shape an individual’s sense of identity, and thus propel… Read More Shame, Guilt, Empathy, and the Search for Identity in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Transactional Reader Response Theory

Often associated with the work of Louise Rosenblatt, who formulated many of its premises, transactional reader-response theory analyzes the transaction between text and reader. Rosenblatt doesn’t reject the importance of the text in favor of the reader; rather she claims that both are necessary in the production of meaning. She differentiates among the terms text,… Read More Transactional Reader Response Theory