Personality and Print: <i>Areopagitica</i> and the Genetics of Intellectual Property

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:
Personality and Print: Areopagitica and the Genetics of Intellectual Property

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This chapter describes the ideological regulation that takes its place among the other regulatory determinants of authorship and intellectual property. It addresses how economic and physical violence contributes to the making of authors and the reification of intellectual work. The author of Areopagitica is considered as the great mythographer of early modern authorship. Areopagitica is so vital in the history of book culture. The book also does private business for John Milton, further dealing the disruptions of the past few years of his life. In Areopagitica, he represents books in ways that are related to both the figures of the book-as-property and the book-as-child. Furthermore, Areopagitica remaps the early modern market, and particularly the book trade, breaking down several of their key structures into constituent features, and reassembling them, sometimes as unstable composites.

Keywords: ideological regulation; authorship; intellectual property; authors; intellectual work; Areopagitica; book culture; John Milton; book trade

Chapter.  17045 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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