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Authorship and AppropriationWriting for the Stage in England, 1660-1710$
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Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.001.0001

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(p.130) 4 Collaboration
Authorship and Appropriation

Paulina Kewes

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the negative attitudes towards collaboration in playwriting in England during the 17th century. It attempts to trace how this adverse judgment developed and reviews 17th- and 18th-century critical commentary on collaborative plays. The findings reveal negative attitudes toward collaboration was the result of the emergent belief in the writer's imaginative autonomy and that the concern for the assignment of intellectual property produced a preference for solo authorship.

Keywords:   playwriting, collaboration, England, collaborative plays, imaginative autonomy, intellectual property

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