New Directions in American Reception Study

Paperback | February 6, 2008

byPhilip Goldstein, James Machor

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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, televisionshows, 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 shortfiction, 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 onreader-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'sfilm 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-centuryscrapbooks 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 culturalanalyses 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 andreception of movies and television shows.

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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, televisionshows, movies, and newspapers--meaningful. This ...

Philip Goldstein is a Professor of English at the University of Delaware. James Machor is a Professor of English at Kansas State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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