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Lecture: Revising Authorship for a Digital Age - Henry James and the Remediation of the Author
Date: 15 February 2011 

American Studies Lecture Series

Revising Authorship for a Digital Age:
Henry James and the Remediation of the Author

Dr. Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
School of European Languages, Culture and Society, University College London

Date: 15 February 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Place: TT404, T.T. Tsui Building

Literature and literary studies are presently faced with a variety of challenges from technological changes and globalising forces. While the book as a central medium persists, new digital tools diversify its production and dissemination forcing us to reconsider the very material condition of the literary work of art; and while authorship continues to enjoy a certain amount of cultural capital, an author's right to her intellectual property is under threat from digital archives and the new consumerism of the Google generation. This lecture will address the question of authorship in the digital age by taking a closer look at a period that witnessed comparative dramatic changes to its discourse technologies and the mediation of authorship. Henry James produced the modern novel at a time when the mechanical production and reproduction of\ literature transformed the nature of writing and publishing. The lecture will investigate the degree to which new discourse technologies such as typewriting, photography and new publishing formats informed James's conception of authorship, with the aim of proposing an informed revision of authorship for a digital age.


All are welcome. No registration is required.
For enquiries, please contact Ms. Cice Chan ( / 2219 4403).

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