Dying to be Read: Gallows Authorship in Late Seventeenth-Century England
- Margaret J.M. Ezell
In her essay “Dying to be Read”, Margaret Ezell’s explores a media configuration of authorship that literally necessitates the “death of the author” as a condition sine qua non: the printed “dying words” of executed men and women in the Restoration period. The essay examines this type of “gallows literature” of the 1670 and 1680s as a form of “performed narrative” that highlights “the complexity of seventeenth-century authorship practices”.
Keywords: Gallows authorship, broadsheets, early modern print culture, confession, crime, Margaret J.M. Ezell
How to Cite:
Ezell, M., (2014) “Dying to be Read: Gallows Authorship in Late Seventeenth-Century England”, Authorship 3(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/aj.v3i1.1068