Ben Jonson and Possessive Authorship
By (author) Joseph Loewenstein
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Ben Jonson and Possessive Authorship by Joseph Loewenstein
Book DescriptionWhat is the history of authorship, of invention, of intellectual property? Joseph Loewenstein describes the fragmentary and eruptive emergence of a key phase of the bibliographical ego, a specifically Early Modern form of authorial identification with printed writing. In the work of many playwrights and non-dramatic writers - and especially that of Ben Jonson - that identification is tinged, remarkably, with possessiveness. This 2002 book examines the emergence of possessive authorship within a complex industrial and cultural field. It traces the prehistory of modern copyright both within the monopolistic practices of London's acting troupes and its Stationers' Company and within a Renaissance cultural heritage. Under the pressures of modern competition, a tradition of literary, artistic and technological imitation began to fissure, unleashing jealous accusations of plagiarism and ingenious new fantasies of intellectual privacy. Perhaps no-one was more creatively attuned to this momentous transformation in Early Modern intellectual life than Ben Jonson.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521038188
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joseph Loewenstein
Author's Due, Hardback (August 2002)
This work offers an institutional and cultural history of books, the book trade, and the bibliographic ego. With a probing look at the origins of modern copyright, Loewenstein also demonstrates that the culture of books is intimately tied to the practical trade of publishing.
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In this 2002 book, Ben Jonson is viewed within the context of the history of authorship and intellectual property.
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Author Biography - Joseph Loewenstein
Joseph Loewenstein is Professor of English Literature at Washington University, St Louis, Missouri.
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