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The literary market : authorship and modernity in the Old Regime /
Geoffrey Turnovsky.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2010.
vi, 286 p. ; 24 cm.
0812241959 (Cloth), 9780812241952 (Cloth)
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2010.
0812241959 (Cloth)
9780812241952 (Cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [265]-278) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
Turnovsky (Univ. of Washington) probes how authorship evolved in the old regime and was important in paving the way for 17th-18th-century French writers to move from the sponsorship system to modernity. He takes an in-depth look at the ambiguous, if not complicit, relationships that modern authors had with their "patrons," editors, and publishers, and how these dealings (or lack of them) shaped writers' identities. In taking up this subject, the author questions all assumptions that had been held as "self-evident," such as the idea of writers "living by the pen." He asserts that the authors' works of art themselves became secondary to their "stylized images of their experiences," and he considers how they paradoxically achieved elevated status and "valorized identity" through their distance from the elites who protected them. Hence, authors were viewed by the public with a sympathetic eye for their commitment to the ideals of independence, justice, and truth, which in turn transformed their image as honnetes hommes de lettres. And authors constructed their image as "outsiders" to attain acknowledgment and legitimacy. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers. H. Bahri York College, CUNY
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. I
Writing, Publishing, and Literary Identity in the "Prehistory of Droit D'Auteur"
Introduction: The Story of a Transition: When and How Did Writers Become "Modern"?p. 15
Literary Commerce in the Age of HonnĂȘte Publicationp. 25
The Paradoxes of Enlightenment Publishingp. 63
The Literary Market: The Making of a Modern Cultural Field
Introduction: Reconsidering The Alternativep. 105
"Living By The Pen": Mythologies of Modern Authorial Autonomyp. 113
Economic Claims and Legal Battles: Writers Turn to The Marketp. 145
The Reality of a New Cultural Field: The Case of Rousseaup. 184
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 279
Acknowledgementsp. 285
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