Monopolizing Culture: Two Case Studies

Joseph Loewenstein

in The Author's Due

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226490403
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226490410 | DOI:
Monopolizing Culture: Two Case Studies

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This chapter investigates two case studies regarding monopolizing the culture. Sir John Harington's toilet is designed with the specific goal of removing not only all waste but also all odors, of eradicating the eliminated. His Metamorphosis appears to have earned him yet another banishment from the court of Elizabeth, but to suppose Elizabeth's motive to have been mere overniceness would be a mistake. Davenant v. Hurdis shows Coke directing antimonopolistic weapons against even the traditional privileges of an established guild. The Schollers Purgatory dances on the brink of authorial property. The novelty of George Wither's protest is that he gives the crimes an unvarnished description as economic offenses, as stolen labor. The Schollers Purgatory also comes close to enacting a rhetorical revolution, if not a conceptual one.

Keywords: Sir John Harington; toilet; Metamorphosis; Davenant v. Hurdis; The Schollers Purgatory; authorial property; George Wither; monopolization

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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