TOWARD AN AESTHETIC OF RECEPTION • Hans Robert Jauss
University of Minnesota Press / 1982
Paperback / 231 pages 

Jauss, the most prolific proponent of the aesthetic of reception, has attempted to develop categories to channel conventional literary history into a history of aesthetic experience. Jauss’s central notion is that of the “horizon of expectations,” defined as the set of cultural, ethical, and literary expectations held by readers in the historical moment of a work’s appearance and he calls for a redefintion of the relation between literary criticism and literary history. In the essays that follow Jauss explores the relation of art history to social history, the nature of genres in the middle ages, and gives exemplary readings in the comparative analysis of literature. 

︎Condition note: A used book in Good - Very Good condition. Some minor creasing to covers / small crack on upper portion of spine not affecting binding. Interior pages are clean and free of marks. Binding is tight and square. Some light shelfwear and corner bumping.