Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age

Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age

by Martha Vicinus
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0472070347

ISBN-13: 9780472070343

Pub. Date: 03/10/2008

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"At long last, a discussion of plagiarism that doesn't stop at 'Don't do it or else,' but does full justice to the intellectual interest of the topic!"
---Gerald Graff, author of Clueless in Academe and 2008 President, Modern Language Association

This collection is a timely intervention in national debates about what constitutes original or plagiarized

Overview

"At long last, a discussion of plagiarism that doesn't stop at 'Don't do it or else,' but does full justice to the intellectual interest of the topic!"
---Gerald Graff, author of Clueless in Academe and 2008 President, Modern Language Association

This collection is a timely intervention in national debates about what constitutes original or plagiarized writing in the digital age. Somewhat ironically, the Internet makes it both easier to copy and easier to detect copying. The essays in this volume explore the complex issues of originality, imitation, and plagiarism, particularly as they concern students, scholars, professional writers, and readers, while also addressing a range of related issues, including copyright conventions and the ownership of original work, the appropriate dissemination of innovative ideas, and the authority and role of the writer/author. Throughout these essays, the contributors grapple with their desire to encourage and maintain free access to copyrighted material for noncommercial purposes while also respecting the reasonable desires of authors to maintain control over their own work.

Both novice and experienced teachers of writing will learn from the contributors' practical suggestions about how to fashion unique assignments, teach about proper attribution, and increase students' involvement in their own writing. This is an anthology for anyone interested in how scholars and students can navigate the sea of intellectual information that characterizes the digital/information age.

"Eisner and Vicinus have put together an impressive cast of contributors who cut through the war on plagiarism to examine key specificities that often get blurred by the rhetoric of slogans. It will be required reading not only for those concerned with plagiarism, but for the many more who think about what it means to be an author, a student, a scientist, or anyone who negotiates and renegotiates the meaning of originality and imitation in collaborative and information-intensive settings."
---Mario Biagioli, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and coeditor of Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property in Science

"This is an important collection that addresses issues of great significance to teachers, to students, and to scholars across several disciplines. . . . These essays tackle their topics head-on in ways that are both accessible and provocative."
---Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Claude and Louise Rosenberg Jr. Fellow, and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University and coauthor of Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472070343
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/10/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Caroline Eisner   Martha Vicinus     1
Originality
Choosing Metaphors   Jessica Litman     13
On Ethical Issues in Publishing in the Life Sciences   Gilbert S. Omenn     27
Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia   Amit Ray   Erhardt Graeff     39
Internet and Open-Access Publishing in Physics Research   Gordon Kane     48
Do Thesis Statements Short-Circuit Originality in Students' Writing?   Anne Berggren     53
Cloud Gate: Challenging Reproducibility   Jeff Ward     64
Imitation
Genres as Forms of In(ter)vention   Anis Bawarshi     79
When Copying Is Not Copying: Plagiarism and French Composition Scholarship   Christiane Donahue     90
The Dynamic Nature of Common Knowledge   Amy England     104
Instinctual Ballast: Imitation and Creative Writing   Christina Pugh     114
The Anthology as a Literary Creation: On Innovation and Plagiarism in Textual Collections   Christopher M. Kuipers     122
Economies of Plagiarism: The i-Map and Issues of Ownership in Information Gathering   Kim Walden   Alan Peacock     133
"Fair Use," Copyright Law, and the CompositionTeacher   Martine Courant Rife     145
Plagiarism
History and the Disciplining of Plagiarism   Michael Grossberg     159
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement: The Costs of Confusion   Laura J. Murray     173
Plagiarism, a Turnitin Trial, and an Experience of Cultural Disorientation   Lisa Emerson     183
Academic Plagiarism and the Limits of Theft   Stefan Senders     195
Insider Writing: Plagiarism-Proof Assignments   Lynn Z. Bloom     208
Plagiarism across Cultures: Is There a Difference?   Joel Bloch     219
Framing Plagiarism   Linda Adler-Kassner   Chris M. Anson   Rebecca Moore Howard     231
Selected Bibliography     247
Contributors     253
Index     259

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