And as one reads more books and encounters more characters and plots resonating with different experiences, one will read subsequent books from progressively new perspectives. One illustration that may capture this development is the hermeneutic circle. In a short article by Anne-Laure Le Cunff one finds this illustration:As Joe mentioned earlier on this thread those of us who are reading the romance novels may be able to SEE much more deeply what is being delivered through the stories thanks to the hard work done here by Laura, by our community in general and thanks to the constant assistance of the C's.
While this can be true when moving from one book to another, it is also meaningful for describing the process of reading a single text. Below the above figure the author explains:
When we first read a text—whether a book, a research paper, or a blog post—we form an initial understanding. As we progress through the text, we keep on evaluating this initial understanding based on the new knowledge brought by the text as it unfolds. This new knowledge will form the basis of a new understanding, which will change our personal context in terms of beliefs and expectations. In turn, the new context will inform the way we interpret the text.