Standing in the Shadow of Giants: Plagiarists, Authors, Collaborators

Standing in the Shadow of Giants: Plagiarists, Authors, Collaborators

by Rebecca Moore Howard
     
 

ISBN-10: 156750437X

ISBN-13: 9781567504378

Pub. Date: 05/18/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Who's cheating whom in college writing instruction? This book argues that through binary privileging of the real author (the inspired, autonomous genius) over the transgressive writer (the collaborator or the plagiarist), composition pedagogy deprives students of important opportunities to join in scholarly discourse and assume authorial roles. From Plato's

Overview

Who's cheating whom in college writing instruction? This book argues that through binary privileging of the real author (the inspired, autonomous genius) over the transgressive writer (the collaborator or the plagiarist), composition pedagogy deprives students of important opportunities to join in scholarly discourse and assume authorial roles. From Plato's paradoxical dependence on and rejection of Homer, to Jerome McGann's dismissal of copyright as the hand of the dead, Standing in the Shadow of Giants surveys changes and conflicts in Western theories of authorship. From this survey emerges an account of how and why plagiarism became important to academic culture; how and why current pedagogical representations of plagiarism contradict contemporary theory of authorship; why the natural, necessary textual strategy of patchwriting is mis-classified as academic dishonesty; and how teachers might craft pedagogy that authorizes student writing instead of criminalizing it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567504378
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/18/1999
Series:
Perspectives on Writing Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Epigraphs

Introduction: Toward a Pedagogy of (Re)Formative Composition

I. Agiarists: What A Mess!

The Problems of Plagiarism

The Anxieties of Authorship and Pedagogy

Autonomous Collaboration

II. Authors: How Did We Get Into This Mess?

Historical Models

Modern Authors

III. Collaborators: How Can We Get Out Of This Mess?

Contemporary Alternatives

Pedagogy for (Re)Formative Composition

Reforming Plagiarism Policies

Afterword

Reference

Author Index

Subject Index

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