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The culturally esteemed concept of the ‘Author’ is the product of the Anglophone world and emerged simultaneous with copyright and Romanticism from the early eighteenth century. Digital technologies present fundamental challenges to traditional conceptions and practices of authorship: digital texts are typically open to ‘readerly’ manipulation, and digital publishing has allowed more democratic forms of authorship such as self-publishing and crowd-funded publishing. Paradoxically, the digital domain has triggered further elevation of the celebrity author figure, with author-maintained social media accounts providing readers with daily, or even real-time, communion with favourite authors. Authorship thus stands at a fascinating point: at once sacralised more than ever yet, in theory at least, never more accessible to a mass public.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Publishing
EditorsAngus Phillips , Michael Bhaskar
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780198794202
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford UP


  • author
  • copyright
  • Romanticism
  • digital
  • self-publishing
  • fan fiction
  • incomes
  • celebrity
  • Social Media
  • festivals

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