Ghostly Collaboration: the Authorship of False Criminal Confession

Mary Laughlin
2014 Authorship  
Drawing on a body of confession scholarship, "Ghostly Collaboration" defines "coercive ghostwriting," an authorship-inspired term for collaborative practices enacted between custodial criminal suspects and professional police interrogators resulting in coerced, potentially false confession. Within the United States, still-prominent notions of a Romantically-influenced autonomous Author problematically intersect with public perception of collaborative texts; the coercive ghostwriting label is
more » ... writing label is intended to draw explicit attention to co-authorship via coercive collaboration, hopefully contributing to the ongoing efforts of researchers working to challenge inaccurate views of false confessions.
doi:10.21825/aj.v3i2.1088 fatcat:deqf5rb23jb3nd22zznlco3k7e