[ilds] fessin up

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Thu May 31 18:32:00 PDT 2007


Nothing comes out of thin air, and we all build on the work of others.  
But breaking and entering is not generally considered kosher.

:Michael


On Friday, June 1, 2007, at 02:15  am, william godshalk wrote:

> Michael,
>
> Since we've been bringing up the topic of thieving, I've been thinking 
> about the ways in which academics do construct essays. We tend to 
> quote or paraphrase (not to mention simply "take") a great deal in the 
> course of writing as essay. Look at my own essay on Durrell's 
> borrowing. In itself it's filled with borrowing. I may use footnotes, 
> but still my essay is a pastiche.
>
>  I have an essay on Shakespeare's characters on the Web, and if you 
> should look at it, you will notice very soon that the essay is an 
> "anthology" of writings about literary character. I do however tell 
> the reader that I'm borrowing from others.
>
> I also have an essay on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida on the Web. 
> It begins with an epigram attributed to Meyer,  a fictional character, 
> though I do not point that out as my editor wished. I hope you will 
> not pillory me, but the passage is stolen from John D. MacDonald.
>
> Dishonesty yours, Bill
>
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