A cocktail party of literary theories

If you met Aristotle at a party he might inquire if you live the golden mean. This moralist theory is useful to consider characterisation, themes and reader response. Reader-response theorists believe texts need to have a reader before it can mean anything. They will ask you to fill the gaps and make connections. At this party, the post-structuralist host serves drinks, muttering “gaps and silences”. Those who are interested in psychoanalytical theory argue that the emotional conflicts between characters are most important ...