Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

by Clare Pettit, Claire Pettitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 019925320X

ISBN-13: 9780199253203

Pub. Date: 05/20/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This book examines the shared rhetoric surrounding the creation of the "inventor" and the "author" in the 1830s, and the challenge of the emerging technologies of mass production to traditional ideas of art and industry. Patent Inventions argues that Victorian writers used the novel not just to reflect, but also to challenge received notions of

Overview

This book examines the shared rhetoric surrounding the creation of the "inventor" and the "author" in the 1830s, and the challenge of the emerging technologies of mass production to traditional ideas of art and industry. Patent Inventions argues that Victorian writers used the novel not just to reflect, but also to challenge received notions of intellectual ownership and responsibility, using close readings of work by Dickens, Thackeray, Gaskell, Eliot, and Hardy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199253203
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2004
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. 'Solitary and Abhorred': Genius and Invention in the Late Eighteenth Century
2. Heroes and Hero-Worship: the Construction of the Inventor in the 1830s and 1840s
3. Exhibition and Empire: Self-Help and British Supremacy
4. Patents and Intellectual Property in a Mass Culture: Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and George Eliot's Early Fiction
5. The Body as Machine: Gaskell, Dickens, and Eliot in the 1860s
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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