Reception Study and Genre Studies

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James L. Machor, Kansas State University
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Papers proposals are invited for a session on the relation between reception study and genre study, which is being organized for the Reception Study Society Conference in September 2009 at Purdue University. Proposals exploring any aspects of that relation are welcome. Some possible topics include examinations of new perspectives that reception study can provide for genre study. How can reception theory or practice impact the role of genre study in shaping literary history and our conceptions of that history? Conversely, does genre study provide any new avenues for reconceiving reception theory and practice? Abstracts of 200-300 words and a 1-2 page vita should be sent to the session organizer, Jim Machor, at by May 1. For information about the Reception Study Society and its upcoming and previous conferences, visit the RSS website at