Crimes of Writing

Crimes of Writing : Problems in the Containment of Representation

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Crimes of Writings examines questions surrounding subjectivity, authenticity, and writing. First, Stewart examines cases of forgery, literary imposture, pornography and graffiti, and the development, from the early eighteenth century onward, of the laws articulating such crimes. Second, she uses 'crimes of writing' to connote the ways in which such practices are in fact inversions or negations of cultural rules. Finally, she claims that crimes of writing are delineated by law because they specifically undermine the status of the Law more

Product details

  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 148.6 x 218.2 x 31.8mm | 612.11g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195066170
  • 9780195066173
  • 1,655,537

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`Susan Stewart's CRIMES OF WRITING is a valuable and original addition to a growing field of inquiry - one that is adjacent to the study of language and literature, but is more broadly concerned with psychological, social, cultural and even legal issues, than with literature alone... What is, however, highly original is her unusually versatile perceptiveness regarding a range of inscriptive phenomena that transgress and therefore delimit (but also illuminate) the regulatory elements within social systems of representation`. Peter Sacks, Johns Hopkins more

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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 more

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