Marcy Dinius

Depaul University

Marcy J. Dinius is Associate Professor of English at DePaul University. Her work on self-published materials and African and Native American authors' and copyright forms an important part of her book project The Textual Effects of David Walker's Appeal. Funded by a 2015-16 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, this book examines a set of texts directly inspired by the 1829-30 publication of David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World.  Four of its five chapters focus on self-published texts.

Nora Slonimsky

Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

Nora Slonimsky is the Gardiner Assistant Professor of history at Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies. Her manuscript, The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting Nation in Early America, examines the political and commercial role of intellectual property, specifically involving geographic works, in the long eighteenth century. Her work has been supported by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the New-York Historical Society, among others. She is also the social media editor of the Journal of the Early Republic.


Marcy Dinius and Nora Slonimsky address copyright and intellectual property as they emerge in self-published texts. Dinius is interested in Walker's "circulation notice" printed in place of a copyright notice on the verso... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Marcy Dinius (Depaul University)
  2. Nora Slonimsky (Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies)

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P93 » Printed for the Author: African American Self-Publication and Copyright from David Walker’s Appeal and Beyond: A Roundtable (09:00 - Sunday, 25th March, Enchantment B)

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