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[Teacher-TalkNovel] Who owns the novel?

From: Caldwell, John W. <>
Date: Fri Apr 07 2006 - 01:12:10 EDT

Hello everyone. I am a new member, signed up for the second half. I thought I would send you all my - er- thoughts on the first one. I hope I am doing this right. I think that at first I disagreed with the whole concept of a novel, being the blood sweat and tears of some person, being open to interpretation. I mean the author usually, carefully and meticulously, crafts the plot of a story, designs the setting and characters, spends months if not years spinning each and every word and syllable and phrase, puts himself in the shoes of every character to shape that players persona, and then directs us to the final chapter where he pulls it all together. Yea right, its all open to my interpretation. I saw another possible take on this question of who owns the novel at the end of the first video, which really had nothing to do with intrepretations at all, and it was a much more pallatable solution to this question. I think it has to do with the notion of intellectual possesion. It is as if, once we read it, and
 know it, it somehow weaves itself into our being and becomes a part of us, thus, we own it. I may be wrong.... John Caldwell

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