This essay examines the neglected problem of authorship in relation to the Czech forged Manuscripts (RKZ). Both the moral perspective of the Battle of the Manuscripts and the implied collective authorship of the folkloric texts of the Manuscripts made problematic any connections between an individual author and the Manuscripts. Drawing on recent re-examinations of forged literature in British literary studies, the present author explores the motives and the Romantic context of the Czech author-forger(s). He argues that forgery was an integral form of authorship in the Romantic period, very much a part of the changing landscape of literary institutions, even as emerging Romantic categories such as originality and authenticity made forgery a potentially condemnable practice.
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