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Stewart, Susan. Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. First Edition. 8vo., x, 353 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-310) and 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. ~ from the publisher

Table of 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

Subjects:
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Mimesis in literature.
Law and literature.

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