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ERIC Number: ED346495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 14
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Fictions of the Writer: A Critical Articulation of Collaborative Writing and Literary Studies.
Haefner, Joel
In recent years the High Romantic concept of the solitary author has been intensely challenged. Compositionists and various theorists have deconstructed the concept of isolated authorship and critiqued the Romantic notion of individual genius. Meanwhile, the reconstruction of the female literary tradition introduced the question of gender and uncovered an alternative model for the writer based on a sense of the collaborative nature of writing. The recent critical turn in Romantic studies began with Jerome McGann's characterization of Romantic assertions of "eternal truth" as historically relative ideology. In contrast to the more masculine view of authorship, the women of the Romantic period present a vastly different image of the writer and the writing process, an image composed of three important paradigms: the Bluestockings, or a salon of writers; the family circle of writers; and the improvisatrice, which was also figured as Corinne or Sappho. For whatever reasons, the masculine premises of the solitary writer have become embedded in composition pedagogy. In contrast, the female paradigm of the Sappho fiction offers alternative premises and values. It represents a community, is squarely audience-centered, entails improvisation, and places greater weight on process than product. The way that writing instructors fictionalize authorship bears vast pedagogical implications, and because gender ideology structures the way teachers think about composing, they must consider the impact of a given pedagogy on both male and female students. (Thirty references are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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