Authorship Authorship aims to offer a venue in which to describe diverse historical and discursive settings of authorship, and to grapple with the complex issues of authorial authority, independence or interdependence, and self-fashioning. en-US <p><em>Authorship</em> allows authors to hold both the copyright and the publishing rights over their work without restrictions. However, a mention of their first publication in&nbsp;<em>Authorship</em> will be highly appreciated.</p> (Gert Buelens) (Jasper Schelstraete) Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:41:16 +0200 OJS 60 Butterflies, Busy Weekends, and Chicken Salad: Genetic Criticism and the Output of @Pentametron <p>Textual analysis places great emphasis on determining the development and direction of authorial intention to illuminate a text’s layers of meaning. How, though, is one to determine the development of authorial intention in a text that appears to remove the traditional human author? This paper explores issues of authorship presented to genetic criticism (critique génétique) by algorithmically-produced texts – that is, texts produced through programmed logic in a computer rather than through direct human agency – such as those of the Twitter bot Pentametron ( This paper considers the perceived importance of authorship and human agency in the creation of a text. Algorithmic texts challenge contemporary notions of textual creation and development, in turn posing challenges to genetic criticism that are similar to those posed by cut-up texts in other media. This paper argues that Pentametron’s rather nonsensical algorithmic output stresses the reader’s responsibility for meaning-making, and suggests that such algorithmic texts are not so much final texts to be subjected to genetic critique themselves, but are more aptly considered to be forms of avant-texte. These avant-textes serve as inspiration for human-computer symbioses, for re-creations wherein readers make sense out of the seemingly senseless.</p> Leah Henrickson ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:51:05 +0200 Tweeting the Author: Tao Lin’s Performance of Authorial Identity on Twitter <p>This article takes a closer look at how the American author Tao Lin uses Twitter to perform his authorial identity. Twitter serves as a primary platform for Lin to shape and reshape the public images of him as an author. Lin’s Twitter presence operates as 140-character bursts of authorial self-presentation. The tweets he chooses to post combined with his views on Twitter as a presentational platform show that Lin is conscious of his identity performance, especially online. With this knowledge, he uses the language of Twitter to enact his authorial identity and influence the representations that circulate in the literary world, but he fell short because of the dominant role print media play in images of authorship. To counteract this and gain cultural legitimacy for his online identity in the literary world, Lin resorts to remediating his Twitter profiles into a fetishized print book. Lin’s coquettish relationship with Twitter shows his audience that the platform is more than a place to generate attention for oneself; it is a site for the continual reshaping of identity on a mass scale.</p> Justin Russell Greene ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:51:22 +0200 Music for Wilde: An Annotated Listing of Musical Adaptations of Works by Oscar Wilde <p><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Cambria',serif;" lang="EN-US">An annotated listing of documented musical adaptations of works by Oscar Wilde, including detailed information on composers, lyricists, performances (venues and dates) where available.</span></p> Tine Englebert ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:51:42 +0200 Robert R. Edwards, <i>Invention and Authorship in Medieval England</i> (Ohio State University Press, 2017) <p><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Cambria',serif;" lang="EN-US">Robert R. Edwards, <em>Invention and Authorship in Medieval England</em>, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, 2017, 280 pp. $105.95.</span></p> Martin M. Laidlaw ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:51:58 +0200