[ilds] fessin up

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu May 31 19:11:05 PDT 2007

Bill, if Durrell had done what you did, this discussion about plagiarism would have ended long ago.  He didn't.  What I see he did was wrong on at least two counts.  One, he committed an offense to the person he stole the material from.  Two, he posed as someone he wasn't, which is an offense to his audience and to himself.  Now, some may argue that Durrell's game was to assume multiple identities or some such literary activity, and for those, I guess, no offense was done.  I find that argument unconvincing.  Some writers like to strike poses, Lord Byron for one, but when they do it you know they're doing it, because they make sure you know it -- that's Romantic irony.  Not so with LD, in the instance or instances under discussion.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: May 31, 2007 6:32 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] fessin up
>Nothing comes out of thin air, and we all build on the work of others.  
>But breaking and entering is not generally considered kosher.
>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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