New Directions in American Reception Study

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This collection reconsiders and extends reception research in literary studies, book history, and media/cultural studies and marks out new directions for such work by reevaluating its methodologies. The contributors examine not only traditional American literature but also women's, African American, and multicultural literatures, popular culture, the ordinary reader, and the role of reception in the history of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195320886
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reception Study: Achievements and New Directions   Philip Goldstein   James L. Machor     xi
(Re)Theorizing Reception Study
Understanding an Other: Reading as a Receptive Form of Communicative Action   Patrocinio Schweickart     3
Judging and Hoping: Rhetorical Effects of Reading about Reading   Steven Mailloux     23
Activating the Multitude: Audience Powers and Cultural Studies   Jack Bratich     33
Habitus Clive: Aesthetics and Politics in the Work of Pierre Bourdieu   Tony Bennett     57
Texts, Authors, and the Receptions of Literature
The American Reception of Melville's Short Fiction in the 1850s   James L. Machor     87
Placing Readers at the Forefront of Nowhere: Reception Studies and Utopian Literature   Kenneth M. Roemer     99
Richard Wright's Native Son: From Naturalist Protest to Modernist Liberation and Beyond   Philip Goldstein     119
Main Street Reading Main Street   Amy L. Blair     139
Learning from Philistines: Suspicion, Refusing to Read, and the Rise of Dubious Modernism   Leonard Diepeveen     159
Reception and Authenticity: Danny Santiago's Famous All over Town   Marcial Gonzalez     179
Discourses in Dialogue: The Reception of Alix Kates Shulman's Memoirs of an Ex-PromQueen   Charlotte Templin     195
Books, Print Culture, and Historical Sites of Reception
The Power of Recirculation: Scrapbooks and the Reception of the Nineteenth-Century Press   Ellen Gruber Garvey     211
Accuracy or Fair Play? Complaining about the Newspaper in Early Twentieth-Century New York   David Paul Nord     233
Sentiment without Tears: Uncle Tom's Cabin as History in the 1890s   Barbara Hochman     255
Audiences, Fans, and Viewers in Media and Cultural Studies
Kiss Me Deadly: Cold War Threats from Spillane to Aldrich, New York to Los Angeles, and the Mafia to the H-Bomb   Janet Staiger     279
Textual Poaching or Gamekeeping? A Comparative Study of Two Six Feet Under Internet Fan Forums   Rhiannon Bury     289
Political Talk and the Flow of Ambient Television: Women Watching Oprah in an African American Hair Salon   Andrea Press   Camille Johnson-Yale     307
Retrospective Prospects
What's the Matter with Reception Study? Some Thoughts on the Disciplinary Origins, Conceptual Constraints, and Persistent Viability of a Paradigm   Janice Radway     327
The Reception Deception   Toby Miller     353
Notes on Contributors     371
Index     375
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