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Monopolizing Culture: Two Case Studies

Monopolizing Culture: Two Case Studies

(p.132) Chapter Five Monopolizing Culture: Two Case Studies
The Author's Due
Joseph Loewenstein
University of Chicago Press

This chapter investigates two case studies regarding monopolizing the culture. Sir John Harington's toilet is designed with the specific goal of removing not only all waste but also all odors, of eradicating the eliminated. His Metamorphosis appears to have earned him yet another banishment from the court of Elizabeth, but to suppose Elizabeth's motive to have been mere overniceness would be a mistake. Davenant v. Hurdis shows Coke directing antimonopolistic weapons against even the traditional privileges of an established guild. The Schollers Purgatory dances on the brink of authorial property. The novelty of George Wither's protest is that he gives the crimes an unvarnished description as economic offenses, as stolen labor. The Schollers Purgatory also comes close to enacting a rhetorical revolution, if not a conceptual one.

Keywords:   Sir John Harington, toilet, Metamorphosis, Davenant v. Hurdis, The Schollers Purgatory, authorial property, George Wither, monopolization

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