Special Topic: Remix

Cutting and authorship in early modern England



This article considers the cultural practice of cutting up texts in early modern England. The article provides a taxonomy of evidence for this practice, in part based on the Anglican community of Little Gidding in the 1630s, where members of the group bought printed gospels and cut them up to reorder, and harmonise, the story of Christ's life. The article then considers the implications of this practice of cutting, including for how we think about authorship.

Keywords: authorship, cutting and pasting, Early Modern print culture, Little Gidding, remix

How to Cite: Smyth, A. (2013) “Cutting and authorship in early modern England”, Authorship. 2(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/aj.v2i2.790