A Capital Past: Forgery, Wilkie Collins and 19th-Century Cultural Memory
This lecture considers how nineteenth-century authors compared the severe punishment for financial forgery with the relatively limited penalties doled out for crimes against intellectual property. The former crime, which had more immediate and direct financial consequences, nevertheless influenced the latter crime, and it affected how various forms of forgery, including that of art and literature, were represented in the Victorian cultural imagination. Sara Malton, of St. Mary's University in Halifax, explores this aspect of nineteenth-century culture by focusing on the life and works of Wilkie Collins.
Recorded Saturday, April 04, 2009 at The Newberry Library.