Ika Willis's Reception is a part of Routledge's New Critical Idiom Series, consisting of introductory books designed to “provide clear, well-illustrated accounts of the full range of terminology currently in use, and to evolve histories of its changing usage” (Series Editor's Preface, viii). The other books in the series (e.g., Myth, Science Fiction, The Postmodern) focus on literary terms that have been the subject of earlier introductory guides, but to my knowledge, Willis's book is the first (and only) volume offering a clear, comprehensive overview and analysis of the field of reception studies. Its accessibility makes it suitable for undergraduate courses, and its sophistication and comprehensiveness make it an excellent text for a graduate course as well as a useful resource for scholars and critics looking for more details about the history and nature of reception studies.

The term “reception” can apply to a broad range of theoretical,...

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