The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature

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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 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.
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An interdisciplinary investigation into western culture's ways of conceptualizing creative production, consisting of 21 essays presented at a meeting sponsored by the Society for Critical Exchange (date and location not noted) and published in Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal vol. 10, no 2 (no year noted). Among the wide range of topics are Helen Keller, unauthorized genders, authors' rights in England of the 16th and 17th centuries, international copyright, Spanish cinema, and teaching writing. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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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