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Authorship in the eighteenth century

Rounce, Adam



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.


Rounce, A. (2015). Authorship in the eighteenth century.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 30, 2016
Journal Oxford Handbooks Online
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Oxford handbooks online
Keywords Authorship; fiction; poetry; satire; biography; literary history; anonymity; Jonathan Swift; Samuel Johnson; Alexander Pope
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Additional Information Oxford Handbooks Online / edited by Julia Kostova, 2015, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press


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