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Introduction to Literary Study: Reception Studies

Sources for literary study on an advanced level for both graduates and undergraduates.

Finding a Book-Length Reception Study

A reception study could concern the critical recepton of a single work or the full range of an author's output.  Book-length reception studies can be found in online library catalogs.


Go into IRIS, the Rutgers online catalog.  Use "reception" as a keyword.  Example:

Wordsworth and reception--Words Anywhere


To identify even more books outside Rutgers, go to WorldCat  (the OCLC catalog with over 53 million entries worldwide) and use the Keyword search:


Finding Reception Studies in Selected Databases

The MLA International Bibliography has a special subject heading for reception studies:

Reception Study


For other databases, try reception as a keyword with the author or work you are trying to study.

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