Reception: texts, readers, audiences, history

The Journal of the Reception Study Society

From 2008-2012, our journal appeared online, and from 2013 it is published by Penn State University Press. For the editions of the previous years, please scroll down. Print editions are mailed to all members of RSS.

Special Issue Call for Papers:

We are pleased to announce that the next special-topic issue of Reception is planned for the 2018 volume year. Focusing on “Crossing the Boundaries of Reception,” the issue will be guest edited by Janet L. Badia and Steven A. Carr from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Readers interested in submitting essays for consideration for this issue should send completed articles directly to Janet L. Badia and Steven A. Carr. Authors are encouraged to construe “boundaries” as broadly as possible within a reception-study context, including adaptation from one medium to another, textual and genre boundaries in relation to audiencing, serialization and readership, unauthorized fan fiction, responses to narratives about gender and racial crossings, boundary crossing at sites of reception—including globalized reworking of texts, cross-cultural flows, cross-cultural comparisons of reception of a particular text, fandom among culturally hybridized and/or diasporic audiences, reception among refugee populations—as well as boundary synergies for texts across multiple media and platforms, including social media platforms for delivering audiences to texts or appropriating audience ideas to generate new narratives. The deadline for submissions for the issue has been extended to June 15, 2017. Essays should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, should not exceed 7,000 words, and should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words.

  • Amy Blair, Marquette University
  • James Machor, Kansas State University
Emeritus Editor:
  • Philip Goldstein, University of Delaware
Book Review Editor:
  • James Machor, Kansas State University
The editorial board:
  • Temma Berg, Gettysburg University
  • Rhiannon Bury, Athabasca University
  • Philip Goldstein, University of Delaware
  • Barbara Hochman, Ben Gurion University
  • Charles Johanningsmeier, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Steve Mailloux, Loyola Marymount University
  • Walter Metz, Southern Illinois University
  • Toby Miller, University of California at Riverside
  • Kimberly Nance, Illinois State University
  • Rhonda Pettit, University of Cincinnati
  • Emily Satterwhite, Virginia Tech
  • Patsy Schweickart, Purdue University
  • Janet Staiger, University of Texas at Austin
  • Charlotte Templin, University of Indianapolis
  • Tom Toremans, University of Leuven

Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History seeks to promote dialog and discussion among scholars engaged in theoretical and practical analyses in several related fields: reader-response criticism and pedagogy, reception study, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, institutional studies and histories, as well as interpretive strategies related to feminism, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and postcolonial studies, focusing mainly but not exclusively on the literature, culture, and media of England and the United States.

Essays submitted for publication should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and should not exceed 7,000 words. Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words. Essays will be evaluated anonymously by at least two outside specialists in the field, and contributors can expect a decision in a timely fashion. Please email manuscripts for regular issues to Amy L. Blair, or mail to Department of English, Marquette University, Coughlin Hall, 335, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, OR email to James L. Machor, or mail to Department of English, 108 English/Counseling Services Bldg., 1612 Steam Place, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

Vol. 1 (Fall, 2008)
Vol. 2 (Summer, 2010)
Vol. 3 (Summer, 2011)
Vol. 4 (Fall, 2012)

© Reception Study Society 2012
ISBN: 978-0-615-25212-4
ISSN: 2155-7888