Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

bySusan Stewart

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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 ofwriting"--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 oncelanguage 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 iswritten and therefore subject to temporality and interpretation.

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From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. By examining specific cases in which representation is delimited by the law, Crimes of Writing provides an over...

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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 ofwriting"--the forgeries of George Psalmanazar, the pr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.62 × 5.87 × 1.34 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. By examining specific cases in which representation is delimited by the law, Crimes of Writing provides an overview of the theoretical issues arising once language is seen as a matter of property and authorship is viewed as a matter of originality.

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"A brilliant study."--Winterhur Portfolio