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Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History

The Official Journal of the Reception Study Society

From 2008-2012, our journal appeared online (see the links below), and from 2013 it has been published by Penn State University Press (ISBN: 978-0-615-25212-4; ISSN: 2155-7888). Print volumes are mailed to all RSS members and online access is made available (the members’ names, email and mailing addresses are shared with PSUP to mail copies of the journal and provide members with online access).


  • Amy L. Blair, Marquette University
  • Ika Willis, University of Wollongong, Australia

Emeritus Editors:

  • Philip Goldstein, University of Delaware
  • James L. Machor, Kansas State University

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.

Online editions

Volume Details
Vol. 1 Fall, 2008
Vol. 2 Summer, 2010
Vol. 3 Summer, 2011
Vol. 4 Fall, 2012