Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867-1918

Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867-1918

by Eli MacLaren

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The 1867 Canadian confederation brought with it expectations of a national literature, which a rising class of local printers hoped to supply. Reforming copyright law in the imperial context proved impossible, and Canada became a prime market for foreign publishers instead. The subsequent development of the agency system of exclusive publisher-importers became a defining feature of Canadian trade publishing for most of the twentieth century.

In Dominion and Agency, Eli MacLaren analyses the struggle for copyright reform and the creation of a national literature using previously ignored archival sources such as the Board of Trade Papers at the National Archives of the United Kingdom. A groundbreaking study, Dominion and Agency is an important exploration of the legal and economic structures that were instrumental in the formation of today's Canadian literary culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781442695672
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eli MacLaren is an assistant professor in the Department of English at McGill University.

Table of Contents



  1. Conceiving the 1875 Act, 1868–72: The Principles of Copyright
  2. Achieving the 1875 Act, 1872–75: The London Publishers Prevail
  3. Clarifying the 1875 Act, 1876–77: The Stunting of Belford Brothers
  4. Living With the 1875 Act: William Briggs: Printer, Binder, Distributor
  5. The 1900 Amendment, the Agency System, and the Macmillan Company of Canada
  6. The North American Copyright Divide: Black Rock and the Magnification of Ralph Connor



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