JAUSS READING QUESTIONS
1. What does Jauss mean by “horizon of expectation”? In your explanation, use a concrete example from the editors, Jauss, or of your own design.
2. What does it mean to say that literary works are “formative of reality”?
3. How many theses for literary history does Jauss provide? _____
4. Fill in the blank in this line from Jauss: “In the triangle of author, work, and _____ the last is no passive part, no chain of mere reactions, but rather itself an energy formative of history” (1407).
5. Why does Jauss write that a literary text is more like an “orchestration” than a “monument”?
6. How can “so-called masterworks” come “dangerously close to the irresistibly convincing and enjoyable ‘culinary’ art”?
7. What is made possible by the “reconstruction of the horizon of expectations” from the time of a text’s publication or exposure to its “first audience”?
8. What does Jauss mean by the “fusion of horizons”?