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Textual curators and writing machines: authorial agency in encyclopedias, print to digital
Abstract Wikipedia is often discussed as the first Wikipedia is often discussed as the first of its kind: the first massively collaborative, Web-based encyclopedia that belongs to the public domain. While it's true that wiki technology enables large-scale, distributed collaborations in revolutionary ways, the concept of a collaborative encyclopedia is not new, and neither is the idea that private ownership might not apply to such documents. More than 275 years ago, in the preface to the 1728 edition of his Cyclop�dia , Ephraim Chambers mused on the intensely collaborative nature of the volumes he was about to publish. His thoughts were remarkably similar to contemporary intellectual property arguments for Wikipedia , and while the composition processes involved in producing these texts are influenced by the available technologies, they are also unexpectedly similar. This dissertation examines issues of authorial agency in these two texts and shows that the {Author} Construct" is not static across eras genres or textual technologies. In contrast to traditional considerations of the poetic author the encyclopedic author demonstrates a different form of authorial agency that operates within strict genre conventions and does not place a premium on originality. This and related variations challenge contemporary ideas concerning the divide between print and digital authorship as well as the notion that new media intellectual property arguments are without historical precedent."guments are without historical precedent."
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments authorship is a fluctuating construct that alters according to textual and rhetorical situation.
Conclusion authorship is a fluctuating construct that alters according to textual and rhetorical situation.
Conference location United States, Minnesota +
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Textual%2Bcurators%2Band%2Bwriting%2Bmachines%3A%2Bauthorial%2Bagency%2Bin%2Bencyclopedias%2C%2Bprint%2Bto%2Bdigital%22  +
Has author Krista A. Kennedy +
Has domain Rhetoric +
Has topic Encyclopedias +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Thesis  +
Published in University of Minnesota +
Research design Case study  +
Research questions This dissertation examines issues of authorial agency in these two texts and shows that the “Author Construct” is not static across eras, genres, or textual technologies. This dissertation is a comparative case study grounded in rhetorical analysis.
Revid 10,959  +
Theories I rely on Lloyd Bitzer’s model of rhetorical situation as a way of considering the ways in which central rhetorical factors are constituted and influenced by fluctuating external forces
Theory type Explanation  +
Title Textual curators and writing machines: authorial agency in encyclopedias, print to digital
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1850115751&Fmt=7&clientId=10306&RQT=309&VName=PQD  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , History  +
Year 2009  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:38  +
Categories Encyclopedias  + , Rhetoric  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:31  +
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