THE WASTE LAND (POEM)
T. S. ELIOT
As an intellectual property (IP) lawyer, my research is concerned with rights in authorial and other intellectual works. When asked to nominate “notable works”, my first thought is not to any legal article or monograph, but to the works that led me to study literature at University and pursue a career in IP. If I had to highlight one work of the former type it would probably be The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, which captivated me with its lyrical and symbolic powers. Little did I know that issues of originality and derivation such as it raises would be central to my later professional life.
THE DEATH OF LITERATURE
Of the latter type, one work that stands out is The Death of Literature by Alvin Kernan, which offered the critical perspective on postmodern literary theory missing from my university literature curriculum and, through its discussion of copyright and technology, encouraged my interest in the study of IP.