Un éloge de Wolfgang Iser


Abstract: Due to his interest in the imaginary and his openness to anthropology, Iser goes beyond the tenets of the Constance School, endowing interpretation with a new dimension and a new scope. In keeping with his recent outlook, interpretation, far from being exercised only on canonical texts, whether sacred or literary, also reaches out to cultural phenomena, and even to incommensurable entities, including God. In Iser’s opinion, interpretation creates a paradoxical “liminal space”, which both contains and stimulates it. This is the distance between the interpreted object and what our author calls “register”.

Keywords: biographie intellectuelle, théorie littéraire, Wolfgang Iser, école de Constance, Hans Robert Jauss, J. Hillis Miller