The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

By: Peter Jaszi (editor), Martha Woodmansee (editor)Hardback

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What is an author? What is a text? At a time when the definition of "text" is expanding and the technology whereby texts are produced and disseminated is changing at an explosive rate, the ways "authorship" is defined and rights conferred upon authors must also be reconsidered. This volume argues that contemporary copyright law, rooted as it is in a nineteenth-century Romantic understanding of the author as a solitary creative genius, may be inapposite to the realities of cultural production. Drawing together distinguished scholars from literature, law, and the social sciences, the volume explores the social and cultural construction of authorship as a step toward redefining notions of authorship and copyright for today's world. These essays, illustrating cultural studies in action, are aggressively interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in topic and approach. Questions of collective and collaborative authorship in both contemporary and early modern contexts are addressed. Other topics include moral theory and authorship; copyright and the balance between competing interests of authors and the public; problems of international copyright; musical sampling and its impact on "fair use" doctrine; cinematic authorship; quotation and libel; alternative views of authorship as exemplified by nineteenth-century women's clubs and by the Renaissance commonplace book; authorship in relation to broadcast media and to the teaching of writing; and the material dimension of authorship as demonstrated by Milton's publishing contract.Contributors. Rosemary J. Coombe, Margreta de Grazia, Marvin D'Lugo, John Feather, N. N. Feltes, Ann Ruggles Gere, Peter Jaszi, Gerhard Joseph, Peter Lindenbaum, Andrea A. Lunsford and Lisa Ede, Jeffrey A. Masten, Thomas Pfau, Monroe E. Price and Malla Pollack, Mark Rose, Marlon B. Ross, David Sanjek, Thomas Streeter, Jim Swan, Max W. Thomas, Martha Woodmansee, Alfred C. Yen

About Author

Martha Woodmansee is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Society for Critical Exchange. Peter Jaszi is Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, The American University.


Acknowledgments Introduction On the Author Effect: Recovering Collectivity / Martha Woodmansee On the Author Effect: Contemporary Copyright and Collective Creativity / Peter Jaszi Touching Words: Helen Keller, Plagiarism, Authorship / Jim Swan Author/izing the Celebrity: Publicity Rights, Postmodern Politics, and Unauthorized Genders / Rosemary J. Coombe The Pragmatics of Genre: Moral Theory and Lyric Authorship in Hegel and Wordsworth / Thomas Pfau The Interdisciplinary Future of Copyright Theory / Alfred C. Yen Milton's Contract / Peter Lindenbaum From Rights in Copies to Copyright: The Recognition of Authors' Rights in English Law and Practice in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries / John Feather The Author in Court: Pope v. Curll (1741) / Mark Rose Authority and Authenticity: Scribbling Authors and the Genius of Print in Eighteenth-Century England / Marlon B. Ross Charles Dickens, International Copyright, and the Discretionary Silence of Martin Chuzzlewit / Gerhard Joseph International Copyright: Structuring "the Condition of Modernity" in British Publishing / N. N. Feltes Sanctioning Voice: Quotation Marks, the Abolition of Torture, and the Fifth Amendment / Margreta de Grazia Broadcast Copyright and the Bureaucratization of Property / Thomas Streeter Authorship and the Concept of National Cinema in Spain / Marvin D'Lugo "Don't Have to DJ No More": Sampling and the "Autonomous" Creator / David Sanjek Beaumont and/or Fletcher: Collaboration and the interpretation of Renaissance Drama / Jeffrey A. Masten Common Properties of Pleasure: Texts in Nineteenth Century Women's Clubs / Anne Ruggles Gere Reading and Writing the Renaissance Commonplace Book: A Question of Authorship? / Max W. Thomas Collaborative Authorship and the Teaching of Writing / Andrea A. Lunsford and Lisa Ede The Author in Copyright: Notes for the Literary Critic / Monroe E. Price and Malla Pollack Appendix

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  • ISBN13: 9780822313823
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 472
  • ID: 9780822313823
  • ISBN10: 0822313820

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