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Patent Inventions - Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

Clare Pettitt


Although much has been written about the history of copyright and authorship in the 18th and 19th centuries, very little attention has been given to the impact of the development of other kinds of intellectual property on the ways in which writers viewed their work in Victorian England. This book is the first to suggest that the fierce debates over patent law and the discussion of invention in popular texts during the Victorian period informed the parallel debate over authors' professional status. The book examines the shared rhetoric surrounding the creation of the ‘inventor’ and the ‘author’ ... More

Keywords: England, copyright, authorship, patent law, invention, intellectual property, social responsibility, Victorian period, novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Pettitt, author
Lecturer, Newnham College, Cambridge, and Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
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