New Directions in American Reception Study

New Directions in American Reception Study

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New Directions in American Reception Study

Contemporary reception study has developed a diversity of approaches and methods, including the institutional, textual, historical, authorial, and reader-response, which, to a greater or lesser extent, acknowledge the various ways in which readers have found texts— literature, television shows, movies, and newspapers—meaningful. This collection emphasizes that new diversity, examining movies, newspapers, fans, television shows, and traditional American as well as modern Hispanic, Black, and Women's literature. The essays on literature include James Machor on Melville's short fiction, Kenneth Roemer on Edward Bellamy's utopian work Looking Backward, Amy Blair on the popularity of Sinclair Lewis's Main Street, Marcial Gonzalez on Danny Santiago and his Hispanic novel Famous All Over Town, and Leonard Diepeveen on modernist fiction and criticism. The theoretical essays on reader-oriented criticism include Patsy Schweickart on interpretation and the ethics of careand Jack Bratich on active audiences. Media versions of response criticism include Andrea Press and Camille Johnson's ethnographic analysis of fans of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Janet Staiger on Robert Aldrich's film version of Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly, and Rhiannon Bury on the fans of the HBO television show Six Feet Under. History-of-the-book versions include Barbara Hochman on the popularity of the 1890s editions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Ellen Garvey on nineteenth-century scrapbooks of newspaper, and David Nord on early twentieth-century newspapers' relations to audience charges of bias and unfairness. Poststructuralist studies include Philip Goldstein on Richard Wright's Native Son, Steve Mailloux on Reading Lolita in Tehran, and Tony Bennett on the cultural analyses of Pierre Bourdieu. The collection concludes with essays by Janice Radway on the limits of these methods and on the possibility of new forms of sociological and anthropological reception study and byToby Miller on the "reception deception" in relation to the worldwide distribution and reception of movies and television shows.

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ISBN-13: 9780195320886
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/30/2008
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 and James L. Machor
I. (Re)Theorizing Reception Study
"Understanding an Other: Reading as a Receptive Form of Communicative Action", Patrocinio Schweickart
"Judging and Hoping: Rhetorical Effects of Reading about Reading", Steven Mailloux
"Activating the Multitude: Audience Powers and Cultural Studies", Jack Bratich
"Habitus Clivé: Aesthetics and Politics in the Work of Pierre Bourdieu", Tony Bennett
II. Texts, Authors, and the Receptions of Literature
"The American Reception of Melville's Short Fiction in the 1850s", James L. Machor
"Placing Readers at the Forefront of Nowhere: Reception and Utopian Literature", Kenneth Roemer
"Richard Wright's Native Son: From Naturalist Protest to Modernist Liberation and Beyond", Philip Goldstein
"Main Street Reading Main Street", Amy Blair
"Learning from Philistines: Suspicion, Refusing to Read,and the Rise of Dubious Modernism", Leonard Diepeveen
"Reception and Authenticity: Danny Santiago's Famous All Over Town", Marcial González
Charlotte Templin
III. Books, Print Culture, and Historical Sites of Reception
"The Power of Recirculation: Scrapbooks and the Reception of the Nineteenth-Century Press", Ellen Gruber Garvey
"Accuracy or Fair Play? Complaining About Newspapers in Early Twentieth-Century New York", David Paul Nord
"Sentiment without Tears: Uncle Tom's Cabin as History in the 1890s", Barbara Hochman
IV. Media and Cultural Studies
"Kiss Me Deadly: Cold War Threats from Spillane to Aldrich, NY to LA, and the Mafia to the H-Bomb", Janet Staiger
"Textual Poaching or Game Keeping? A Comparative Study of Two Six Feet Under Internet Fan Forums", Rhiannon Bury
"Political Talk and the Flow of Ambient Television: Women Watching Oprah in an African-American Hair Salon", Andrea Press and Camille Johnson-Yale
V. Retrospective Prospects
"What's the Matter with Reception Studies? Some Thoughts on the Disciplinary Origins, Conceptual Restraints, and Persistent Viability of a Paradigm", Janice Radway
"The Reception Deception", Toby Miller
"Accuracy or Fair Play? Complaining, David Paul Nord
About Newspapers in Early Twentieth-Century New York"
Barbara Hochman
Tom's Cabin as History in the 1890s"
IV. Media and Cultural Studies
"Kiss Me Deadly: Cold War Threatsfrom Spillane to Aldrich, NY to LA, and the Mafia to the H-Bomb", Janet Staiger

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