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The Resource Characters before copyright : the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany, Matthew H. Birkhold

Characters before copyright : the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany, Matthew H. Birkhold

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Characters before copyright : the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany
Title
Characters before copyright
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the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany
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Matthew H. Birkhold
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Language
eng
Summary
How did authors control the literary fates of fictional characters before the existence of copyright? Could a second author do anything with another author's character? Situated between the decline of the privilege system and the rise of copyright, literary borrowing in eighteenth-century Germany has long been considered unregulated. This book tells a different story. 'Characters before Copyright' documents the surprisingly widespread eighteenth-century practice of writing fan fiction literary works written by readers who appropriate preexisting characters invented by other authors and reconstructs the contemporaneous debate about the literary phenomenon. Like fan fiction today, these texts took the form of sequels, prequels, and spinoffs. Analyzing the evolving reading, writing, and consumer habits of late-eighteenth-century Germany, 'Characters before Copyright' identifies the social, economic, and aesthetic changes that fostered the rapid rise of fan fiction after 1750. Based on archival work and an ethnographic approach borrowed from legal anthropology, this book then uncovers the unwritten customary norms that governed the production of these works. 'Characters before Copyright' thus reinterprets the eighteenth-century literary commons, arguing that what may appear to have been the free circulation of characters was actually circumscribed by an exacting set of rules and conditions. These norms translated into a unique type of literature that gave rise to remarkable forms of collaborative authorship and originality. 'Characters before Copyright' provides a new perspective on the eighteenth-century book trade and the rise of intellectual property, reevaluating the concept of literary property, the history of moral rights, and the tradition of free culture
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Birkhold, Matthew H
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Law and Literature
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  • Copyright
  • Fan fiction
  • Law and literature
  • German fiction
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Characters before copyright : the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany, Matthew H. Birkhold
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780198831976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1076458933
Label
Characters before copyright : the rise and regulation of fan fiction in eighteenth-century Germany, Matthew H. Birkhold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780198831976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1076458933

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