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New Directions in Law and Literature$
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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright and Intellectual Property

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(p.327) Chapter 19 Copyright and Intellectual Property
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New Directions in Law and Literature
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Paul K. Saint-Amour

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0020

After offering a brief overview of interdisciplinary scholarship on literature and intellectual property law, this chapter argues that future research in the field should focus less on the figure of the individual author and more on how copyright regulates populations. This would be to put down Michel Foucault’s classic essay “What Is an Author?” and pick up some of his later work, in particular his writings on biopolitics. Taking this new direction, we could begin to uncover the demographic logic that has attended copyright since its origins. We could trace how cultural works mediate copyright’s grounding in biology and power. And in quantitative methods we might find powerful tools for both measuring and curbing the extent to which intellectual property laws set the parameters of life.

Keywords:   copyright, intellectual property, Foucault, biopolitics, bioproperty, demographics, quantitative humanities, distant reading

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