Illegal Literature: Toward a Disruptive Creativity

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What is the cultural value of illegal works that violate the copyrights of popular fiction? Why do they persist despite clear and stringent intellectual property laws? Drawing on the disciplines of new media, law, and literary studies, Illegal Literature suggests that extralegal works such as fan fiction are critical to a system that spurs the evolution of culture.

Reconsidering voices relegated to the cultural periphery, David S. Roh shows how infrastructure—in the form of legal policy and network distribution—slows or accelerates the rate of change. He analyzes the relationship between intellectual property rights and American literature in two recent copyright disputes. And, in comparing American fan fiction and Japanese dojinshi, he illustrates how infrastructure and legal climates detract from or encourage fledgling creativity.

Illegal Literature fills a crucial gap between the scholarly and the popular by closely examining several modes of marginalized cultural production. Roh makes the case for protecting an environment conducive to literary heresy, the articulation of an accretive rather than solitary authorial genius, and the idea that letting go rather than holding on is important to a generative creative process. In a media ecology inundated by unauthorized materials, Illegal Literature argues that the proliferation of unsanctioned texts may actually benefit literary and cultural development.


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David S. Roh is assistant professor of English at the University of Utah. He is coeditor of Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media.

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"Roh points to why literary scholars and the publishing industry should be more vigilant and outspoken in fostering an open legal environment for all textual producers. His attention to legal ecology and a wide-ranging view of literary change, dialogue, and disruption is a welcome intervention in literary criticism." --American Literary History

"Illegal Literature is a clear headed look at the copyright protections surrounding authorship and the combined legal, material, and aesthetic construction of authorship over the modern period." --Joseph Tabbi, University of Illinois at Chicago

"A stimulating contribution to a key contemporary debate that is certainly here to stay for many years." --Leonardo Reviews

"Illegal Literature: Toward a Disruptive Creativity emerges as a highly academic yet deeply provocative manifesto for loosening copyright laws in the name of culture and creativity." --PopMatters

"Illegal Literature reveals how thoughtful disruption benefits the creative economy" --Electronic Book Review

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