L'Appropriation de l'œuvre : Instances et visées de l'attribution des œuvres à leur auteur dans la France de l'Ancien Régime (1645-1777)

Abstract : Literary property rights in early modern France are often understood through the prism of the contemporary droit d’auteur. Many studies see the early modern period as a laboratory for an on-going experiment in law and ideology, still ill-fitted to the literary practices of the authors. This thesis offers a fresh start in the examination of the question of literary property, taking the whole library system from the 1650s to the 1780s to be an effective articulation of agents, tools, and discursives practices. Through the study of institutional policies in the domain of literary property as well as judicial responsibility, through a careful reading of the bibliographical discourse with dictionaries, anas, and periodicals, and through the description of editorial endeavors undertaken by authors themselves, it shows the dynamics of the early modern library and literary world. With roots in literary history, history of law, and book history, this dissertation seeks to understand how the concept of literary property is aggregated, against the very interests of the authors, to consolidate a commercial book-trade where the State slowly delegates its regulatory powers. Through the study of literary attribution, this work follows its demonstrations with an acute interest in a close-reading of literary paratexts.
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François-Ronan Dubois. L'Appropriation de l'œuvre : Instances et visées de l'attribution des œuvres à leur auteur dans la France de l'Ancien Régime (1645-1777). Littératures. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017GREAL038⟩. ⟨tel-01844030⟩

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