Authorship in the eighteenth century

Rounce, Adam (2015) Authorship in the eighteenth century. Oxford Handbooks Online .

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This essay looks at different questions facing authorship in the eighteenth century, from the widespread use of anonymity, and its consequences; the perception of an over-abundance of authors, and the related fear of a massive cultural decline; the ways in which an authorial canon could have been more arbitrary and less comprehensive than a modern day equivalent; the manner in which poetic representations of authorship sought to compete with, and pre-empt other criticisms and versions of the self; the extensive use of self-reflexivity in fiction, intended to guide and misguide the reader; and the consequences of the growing interest in authorship as a reflection of personality and celebrity.

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Additional Information: Oxford Handbooks Online / edited by Julia Kostova, 2015, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press
Keywords: Authorship; fiction; poetry; satire; biography; literary history; anonymity; Jonathan Swift; Samuel Johnson; Alexander Pope
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Depositing User: Rounce, Adam
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 08:56
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:09

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