Introduction: Authoring Culture -- 1. Objects of Property and Subjects of Politics -- 2. Author(iz)ing Celebrity: Engendering Alternative Identities -- 3. Tactics of Appropriation and the Politics of Recognition -- 4. Embodied Trademarks: Mimesis and Alterity on American Commercial Frontiers -- 5. The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity -- 6. Dialogic Democracy I: Authorship and Alterity in Public Spheres -- 7. Dialogic Democracy II: Alterity and Articulation in the Space of the Political.