Content legitimation

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Just twenty years ago, the authorial role was singularly attached to the publishing device and to the book, on the cover of which the author's name is traditionally found. By offering new writing and publishing tools, new technology has irrevocably altered the means of producing and presenting authorial historicity. Access to literary or scholarly content therefore depends first on the ensemble of publishing devices – in other words, of everything that surrounds the content: platforms with their ergonomics and graphics; links; metadata for referencing and indexing; etc. This research axis is concerned with changes in the authorial role, and the legitimacy of content in the context of digital publishing devices.

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The status of the Author in Digital Era (FRQSC)

Questions on the status of the author in digital era constitute a major social issue that concerns communities of writers and readers. Since authors are the authority, how can we rethink the process of validation and legitimization of literary contents published online today?

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