"Blurbing" Biographical: Authorship and Autobiography

"Blurbing" Biographical: Authorship and Autobiography “BLURBING” BIOGRAPHICAL: AUTHORSHIP AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY KATE DOUGLAS Especially with the growth of new media, and amid the boom in representa- tions of self and life in literature and popular culture, questions of author- ship continue to be keenly debated. This interest in the ways artists and con- sumers are positioned in relation to knowledge and creativity has been spurred by the increased attention given to notions of artistic origins and narrative ownership, particularly in recent autobiographical discourse. There is significant work encompassing the effects of scholarly criticism upon the figure of the author. Despite its public visibility, however, book publicity, and its particular significance to discussions of authorship, is one issue that has remained mostly unexamined. Such an examination unveils an interest- ing contradiction. At a time when two, or perhaps even three generations of literary theorists have primarily been raised on the notion that the biography of the author is almost irrelevant to the text, in the contemporary world of book publication and marketing, the author has if anything become even more crucial to a book’s success. Such disparities between academic and commercial literary reception have of course been well noted over the years. Eric Homberger and John http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

"Blurbing" Biographical: Authorship and Autobiography

Biography, Volume 24 (4) – Sep 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2001 Biographical Research Center.
ISSN
0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

“BLURBING” BIOGRAPHICAL: AUTHORSHIP AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY KATE DOUGLAS Especially with the growth of new media, and amid the boom in representa- tions of self and life in literature and popular culture, questions of author- ship continue to be keenly debated. This interest in the ways artists and con- sumers are positioned in relation to knowledge and creativity has been spurred by the increased attention given to notions of artistic origins and narrative ownership, particularly in recent autobiographical discourse. There is significant work encompassing the effects of scholarly criticism upon the figure of the author. Despite its public visibility, however, book publicity, and its particular significance to discussions of authorship, is one issue that has remained mostly unexamined. Such an examination unveils an interest- ing contradiction. At a time when two, or perhaps even three generations of literary theorists have primarily been raised on the notion that the biography of the author is almost irrelevant to the text, in the contemporary world of book publication and marketing, the author has if anything become even more crucial to a book’s success. Such disparities between academic and commercial literary reception have of course been well noted over the years. Eric Homberger and John

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Published: Sep 1, 2001

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