Howard and Kennedy Publish Special Issue of College English
The Writing Program is pleased to announce that Professors Rebecca Moore Howard and Krista Kennedy have recently published a special issue of College English focusing on Western Cultures of Intellectual Property.
The May 2013 issue, which features new work from Andrea Lunsford, Jenn Fishman, Warren Liew, Danielle DeVoss, Jessica Reyman, and John Logie, offers wide-ranging, provocative explorations of intellectual property as a cultural artifact during the twentieth century. In each article, the authors situate issues of intellectual property or authorship within not just an era, but a place or space: the mid-twentieth-century international art community, the campus of a major private research university in the first decade of the twenty-first century, the current social media landscape, and seventy-five years of intellectual property discussions in College English itself. Kennedy and Howard’s introduction is open-access, as is Jessica Reyman’s article “User Data on the Social Web: Authorship, Agency, and Appropriation.”
Almost a half-century ago, Richard Corbin, then the president of NCTE, observed, “As a profession, we must educate ourselves about the whole business of copyright. As users of books, it is very much our business, in fact. Under the present law, we have been guaranteed by the courts certain fair and necessary uses of copyrighted materials in our classrooms and scholarly pursuits [. . .] Our first responsibility, therefore, is to inform ourselves about the issues involved in the proposed revision of the law.” In the intervening fifty years, intellectual property has become ever more important and more complex.
According to Kennedy and Howard, “As we collaboratively developed the shape and focus of this special issue, we returned again and again to questions of context, pondering the ways in which the confluence of cultures, eras, mediums, and technologies drive shifting understandings of the ways intellectual work can or should be owned.”