Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment

1st Edition

Reginald McGinnis

Routledge
Published October 10, 2012
Reference - 234 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415542982 - CAT# Y138084
Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

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Summary

Are legal concepts of intellectual property and copyright related to artistic notions of invention and originality? Do literary and legal scholars have anything to learn from each other, or should the legal debate be viewed as separate from questions of aesthetics? Bridging what are usually perceived as two distinct areas of inquiry, this interdisciplinary volume begins with a reflection on the "origins" of literary and legal questions in the Enlightenment to consider their ramifications in the post-Enlightenment and contemporary world. Tying in to the growing scholarly interest in connections between law and literature, on the one hand, and to the contemporary interrogation of "originality" and "authorship," on the other hand, the present volume furthers research in the field by providing a dense study of the legal and historical context to re-examine our current assumptions about supposed earlier Enlightenment and Romantic ideals of individual authorship and originality.

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