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Creative Interpretation Of Literary Texts

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The classical distinction between interpretation and evaluation softens a great deal on closer inspection and in the context of actual discussion of a literary text. Constructivism presents two obvious problems. First, if constructivists believe that interpretations actually change the meanings of works of art, then works of art created at one time could be transformed by an action at a much later time. Second, if each interpreter constructs its own text, which then is the one that is interpreted, then there is no basis for disagreement since they are talking about different texts. The classical distinction between interpretation and evaluation softens a great deal on closer inspection and in the context of actual discussion of a literary text.

Keywords: constructivism; inspection; literary interpretation; literary texts

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