Faking Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

Literary forgeries are usually regarded as spurious versions of genuine literature. Faking Literature argues that the production of a literary forgery is an act that reveals the spurious nature of literature itself. Literature has long been under attack because of its alliance with rhetoric (the art of persuasion) rather than with logic and ethics. One way of deflecting such attacks is to demonize literary forgery: literature acquires the illusion of authenticity by being dissociated from what are represented as ersatz approximations of the real thing.
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"...a contentious and important book for students of the literary period credited with instituting ideas of literary originality." The Wordsworth Circle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521669658
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Prologue 1
1 Sampling the spurious 5
2 Framing literary forgery 34
3 Cultivating spuriosity 63
4 Faultlines of authorship 91
5 Fantasies of originality 121
6 Rhetorics of authenticity 146
7 Fake literature as critique 171
Epilogue 195
Bibliography 201
Index of names 227
Index of subjects 232
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