This 2017 edition of Reception is our ninth, and we have never been more convinced that the work of studying the dynamics of reception is crucial to understanding the past and the present. We are preparing this issue for the press in the later months of 2016 and the beginning months of 2017, when it has been becoming ever clearer that politics is all a matter of reception. News is “fake” or “real” depending largely upon the lens through which one views the news, with even fact-checking sites falling suspect to allegations of bias from both the right and the left. “Intent” is irrelevant; “truth” is increasingly presented in scare quotes. President Donald Trump's first official press conference, held on February 16, 2017, was seen by some people as a resounding success, and by others an unmitigated failure. Scholars of reception can readily see the applicability of interpretive schemas like...

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