Reader is a semiannual publication that generates discussion on reader-response theory, criticism, and pedagogy. An interdisciplinary journal, Reader encourages submissions in areas such as literature, reading research, gender studies, rhetoric, composition, visual representation, and cultural studies. Originating in 1976 as a newsletter responding to the growing interest in reader-response criticism and theory within literary studies, the journal now has international circulation and contributors from diverse backgrounds.
Reader is owned and published by Lafayette College with support from the English Department and the Provost.
Reader is a member of the Conference of Editors of Learned Journals and is indexted in MLA Bibliographies, ProQuest, and ABELL.