The Rape of the Author: How Charles Mee (re)defines authorship and its manifestation in his play Big Love

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Title: The Rape of the Author: How Charles Mee (re)defines authorship and its manifestation in his play Big Love
Author: Rodriguez, Jorge J.
Advisor: Bahr, Arthur
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 290383 bytes
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: This English Senior Essay offers an introduction to the work of contemporary American playwright Charles Mee and his (re)making project. It examines his play Big Love, paying particular attention to the characters’ suggestion that rape is not necessarily a sexual violation, but the act of taking anything by force. The essay argues that Mee’s figurative rape of other author’s texts is necessary to free writing from copyright restrictions and to ultimately establish a free textual exchange among writers. Given that this rape analogy is not Mee’s own, the essay ultimately suggests that the playwright literalizes a long-standing literary theory to suggest that textual appropriation is a manifestation of writing, rather than an assault on its conventions.
Subject: Mee, Charles L. -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Mee, Charles L. Big Love
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1024

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Rodriguez, Jorge J.. "The Rape of the Author: How Charles Mee (re)defines authorship and its manifestation in his play Big Love". 2007. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1024.

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