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Crimes of Writing : Problems in the Containment of Representation

By: Stewart, Susan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 1991Description: 1 online resource (366 p.).ISBN: 9780195362091.Subject(s): Law and literature | Literary forgeries and mystifications | Mimesis in literature | Ut pictura poesis (Aesthetics)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Crimes of Writing : Problems in the Containment of RepresentationDDC classification: 098.3 | 098/.3 | 809 LOC classification: PN171.F6S74 1991Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; 1. Crimes of Writing; 2. Psalmanazar''s Others; 3. Notes on Distressed Genres; 4. Scandals of the Ballad; 5. The Birth of Authenticity in the Progress of Anxiety: Fragments of an Eighteenth-Century Daydream; 6. Exogamous Relations: Travel Writing, the Incest Prohibition, and Hawthorne''s Transformation; 7. Ceci Tuera Cela: Graffiti as Crime and Art; 8. The Marquis de Meese; 9. Coda: Reverse Trompe l''Oeil\The Eruption of the Real; Works Cited; Index
Summary: From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this pioneering book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. Stewart focuses on specific cases of "crimes of writing"--the forgeries of George Psalmanazar, the production of "fakelore," the "ballad scandals" of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the imposture of Thomas Chatterton, and contemporary legislation regarding graffiti and pornography. In this way, she emphasizes the issues which arise once language is seen as a matter of property and authorship is viewed as a matter of originality. Finally, Stewart demonstrates that crimes of writing are delineated by the law because they specifically undermine the status of the law itself: the crimes illuminate the irreducible fact that law is written and therefore subject to temporality and interpretation.
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Contents; 1. Crimes of Writing; 2. Psalmanazar''s Others; 3. Notes on Distressed Genres; 4. Scandals of the Ballad; 5. The Birth of Authenticity in the Progress of Anxiety: Fragments of an Eighteenth-Century Daydream; 6. Exogamous Relations: Travel Writing, the Incest Prohibition, and Hawthorne''s Transformation; 7. Ceci Tuera Cela: Graffiti as Crime and Art; 8. The Marquis de Meese; 9. Coda: Reverse Trompe l''Oeil\The Eruption of the Real; Works Cited; Index

From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this pioneering book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. Stewart focuses on specific cases of "crimes of writing"--the forgeries of George Psalmanazar, the production of "fakelore," the "ballad scandals" of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the imposture of Thomas Chatterton, and contemporary legislation regarding graffiti and pornography. In this way, she emphasizes the issues which arise once language is seen as a matter of property and authorship is viewed as a matter of originality. Finally, Stewart demonstrates that crimes of writing are delineated by the law because they specifically undermine the status of the law itself: the crimes illuminate the irreducible fact that law is written and therefore subject to temporality and interpretation.

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