Faking Literature

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
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Literary forgeries are usually regarded as spurious versions of genuine literature. Faking Literature argues that the production of a literary forgery is an act that reveals the spurious nature of literature itself. Literature has long been under attack because of its alliance with rhetoric (the art of persuasion) rather than with logic and ethics. One way of deflecting such attacks is to demonise literary forgery: literature acquires the illusion of authenticity by being dissociated from what are represented as ersatz approximations of the real thing.
  

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Contents

Sampling the spurious
5
Framing literary forgery
34
Cultivating spuriosity
63
Faultlines of authorship
91
Fantasies of originality
121
Rhetorics of authenticity
146
Fake literature as critique
171
Epilogue
195
Bibliography
201
Index of names
227
Index of subjects
232
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Andrew Bennett
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