Reception: texts, readers, audiences, history

The Journal of the Reception Study Society

From 2008-2012, our journal appeared online, and from 2013 it has been published by Penn State University Press. For the online issues of the first years, please scroll down. Since 2013, print volumes have been mailed yearly to all RSS members (the members' names and addresses are shared with the publisher).

Special Issue:

A special-topic issue of Reception was published in July 2021, which was devoted to the significance and legacy of Judith Fetterley’s 1978 book The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction. The issue was guest edited by the journal's book-review editor, Professor Yung-Hsing Wu of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The next issue will appear in 2022.

  • James L. Machor, Kansas State University
  • Amy L. Blair, Marquette University
Emeritus Editor:
  • Philip Goldstein, University of Delaware
Book Review Editor:
  • Yung-Hsing Wu, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
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
  • Daniel Morris, Purdue University
  • Kimberly Nance, Illinois State University
  • Rhonda Pettit, University of Cincinnati
  • 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 7,000-7,500 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.

To submit a manuscript (including commissioned book reviews) to the editors, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article or commissioned review for submission to the editors. Here are the issues before our print volume:

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