- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (June 25, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674467264
- ISBN-13: 978-0674467262
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities
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About the Author
Stanley Fish is Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University. His many books include There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech: And It’s a Good Thing, Too.
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So, the text doesn't tell you what it means. The reader doesn't decide what it means. The meaning in reading anything comes from the act of reading itself, shaped by the rules of the interpretive community.
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