"In the reader-response critical approach, the primary focus falls on the reader and the process of reading rather than on the author or the text."
(Barbara F. McManus (1998). Reader-Response Criticism. The College of New Rochelle. Accessed May 9, 2011. http://www2.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/readercrit.html)
"At its most basic level, reader response criticism considers readers' reactions to literature as vital to interpreting the meaning of the text."
(Perdue Online Writing Lab. What Do You Think? Accessed May 9, 2011. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/06/)