What Matters Who Writes? What Matters Who Responds?

Andrea Lunsford, Rebecca Rickly, Michael Salvo, and Susan West

In one of his essays, Kenneth Burke remarks that once one sees just how very much of what we think of as "reality" comes to us through language, it is like staring off into the abyss. I agree with Burke, and I have the same feeling when I think about the "author construct." Understanding, or even glimpsing briefly, how this concept has shaped the economy of discourse, how definitively it has shaped who and how one can write, has shaped, in fact, what writing means -- well, to me, that is staring off into the abyss once more.

Postmodern (un)grounding * Collaboration * Copy(w)right/Ownership * Possible Futures

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