[ilds] Durrell's art of pastiche

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Tue Jun 5 11:21:14 PDT 2007

It seems at this point that we are not going to reach a consensus on 
Durrell's composition habits, i.e. not identifying material he has 
taken from others. Bruce finds all such borrowing reprehensible. 
Jamie and Charlie want to contextualize the borrowing and thus temper 
Bruce's judgment. I want to look at this "borrowing" from the 
student's point of view. On the one hand a student is told not to 
borrow without footnoting, on the other, the student is shown that 
professional writers steal with both hands -- and the hell with 
footnotes. Marc seems to wonder what the fuss is about, and Ilyas 
finds Jamie's position most balanced. Michael seems to be annoyed 
that the academics on the list are not standing firm on the issue of 

Can a major literary figure take paragraph after paragraph of other 
writers' work and scape judgment?

W. L. Godshalk		*
Department of English         *
University of Cincinnati            Stellar disorder  *
Cincinnati OH 45221-0069      *

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