I agree with Tyson who explains the two reasons why people avoid theory:
1)Fear of Failure
2) Fear of loosing your connection with reading
The “death of the author” changes the way we look at texts. Readers use to analyze texts so that they could try and have a better understanding about what the author was trying to say. However, now it’s more about how the reader interprets the texts.
New Criticism-no longer practiced by literary critics but it was once the dominant theory in the 1940’s-1960’s. It’s left us with a legacy on how to read literature. It’s taught us how to take specific evidence from the text so that we can give credit to our interpretations.