Posts Tagged: plagiarism

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado discusses Her Body and Other Parties, riffing off the work of others, and how writing is like solving a math problem.

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(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: Kirsten Irving

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The pressure to prove ourselves can have a distorting effect, causing us to doubt our instincts in favor of following others we perceive to be experts or “genuine.”

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Puzzling over Plagiarism

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With the recent presidential election utilizing such unapologetic plagiarism, one wonders just what goes on in the minds of anyone who so confidently uses others’ words as their own. Marina Budhos meditates on this issue as she details the shocking moment of discovering that one of her own writing students had committed plagiarism.

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Appropriation without Acknowledgement

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At Electric Literature, an anonymous writer shares her personal experience with a creative writing classmate who plagiarized other poets. The writer poses the question of when writing crosses the boundary between respectful mimicry and plagiarism: When have I changed [a poem] enough that the poem is now in my possession, my creative and intellectual property? One of my […]

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Once a Plagiarist

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Jonah Lehrer, who admitted to plagiarism and fabrication in his 2012 book Imagine: How Creativity Works, has a new book out. It seems that once accused of plagiarism, though, those charges are hard to dodge: According to Daniel Engber, Lehrer’s new book follows the same model, cherry-picking results and distorting their implications. But of course, Lehrer […]

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The Rumpus Interview with John Reed

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John Reed discusses Snowball’s Chance, his parody of Animal Farm, and the lawsuits, debates, and discoveries that followed the book’s publication.

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Self-Publishing Leads to Plagiarism

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Self-publishing has never been easier, and that means plagiarism has never been easier. Thieves are using self-publishing services like Amazon to republish back catalog or out-of-print books to sell for a profit. In some case these “authors” change minor things like character names, but not always. The thieves are able to sell titles on Amazon for […]

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Italian Author Denies He Plagiarized

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Daily Beast journalist Michael Moynihan recently accused Italian journalist Roberto Saviano of plagiarizing lesser-known journalists for his latest book, Zero Zero Zero. The book, which Saviano is now calling a “nonfiction novel,” is an expose of international drug trafficking. But, asserts Moynihan, the book contains outright plagiarism, reporting “plundered” from other sources, and invented interviews. Saviano […]

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God Bless Us, Every Lowell Mill Girl

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is so beloved a classic that names like “Scrooge” and “the ghost of Christmas past” have entered our daily lexicon, and we continue to reinterpret the story every few years with everything from cartoon ducks to Muppets. But Dickens wasn’t the first person to write about holiday-season redemption or ghosts who […]

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Characters, Too Inspired

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Five years ago Lynn Coady published a novel with a protagonist drawn partially from the life of a real, thirty-years-deceased poet, and a experienced firsthand earful from an audience full of the poet’s colleagues and friends. It wasn’t all ugly, but it was complicated, as feedback focused almost entirely on either the novel’s too-close-for-comfort portrait […]

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A History of Plagiarism

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What do Bob Dylan, Eli Wallach and Nabokov have in common? Artistic appropriation. And it’s not just those guys—but possibly all artists. Appropriation, recasting stories and lines into another form, is inherently a part of all art. Jonathan Lethem’s essay, “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,” discusses appropriation, plagiarism and the historically-relevant participants of this […]

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