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  • Acknowledgments


    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

  • Martha Woodmansee

    Peter Jaszi

    Jim Swan

    Rosemary J. Coombe

    Thomas Pfau

    Alfred C. Yen

    Peter Lindenbaum

    John Feather

    Mark Rose

    Marlon B. Ross

    Gerhard Joseph

    N. N. Feltes

    Margreta de Grazia

    Thomas Streeter

    Marvin D′Lugo

    David Sanjek

    Jeffrey Masten

    Anne Ruggles Gere

    Andrea A. Lunsford

    Monroe E. Price

    Lisa Ede

    Malla Pollack

  • “Invaluable in its scrutiny of property rights, definitions of plagarism and piracy, perjury and other issues of legal quotation.”


  • “Invaluable in its scrutiny of property rights, definitions of plagarism and piracy, perjury and other issues of legal quotation.”

  • "This important collection of essays begins to develop a coherent history of copyright and intellectual property doctrine and the place of both in organizing and policing cultural production. This volume should be read by everyone in cultural studies interested either in the history of authorship or in the ways electronic production is changing how we think about the processes of artistic creation." — Janice Radway, Duke University

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  • Description

    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 The Author(s)

    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.

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