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

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

by Rebecca Moore Howard
     
 
08/04/2014
Binchy’s trademark warmth, humor, and humanity characterize this volume, which collects five decades of her reporting for the Irish Times (1960s–2000s). The wide-ranging topics reveal a journalist far more interested in people than places or events, though quiet references to IRA bombings, Thatcher’s Britain, the conflict in Cyprus, and

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08/04/2014
Binchy’s trademark warmth, humor, and humanity characterize this volume, which collects five decades of her reporting for the Irish Times (1960s–2000s). The wide-ranging topics reveal a journalist far more interested in people than places or events, though quiet references to IRA bombings, Thatcher’s Britain, the conflict in Cyprus, and second-wave feminism prove Binchy (Circle of Friends) was as savvy about politics she was about character. Wit, sarcasm, and big-heartedness emerge as hallmarks of Binchy’s “direct and uncluttered style.” Additionally, readers will enjoy her avid and unrestrained curiosity, the “wish to enter into other people’s lives,” which inspires her to eavesdrop on fellow diners, travelers, and passersby. “Wouldn’t you want to follow almost everyone home?” she remarks while observing people at a beach. While the collection makes an enjoyable read on the merit of humor alone, editor Ingle’s selections capture Binchy’s journalistic apprenticeship, record an intelligent woman’s perspective on a changing world, and offer entertaining glimpses of biography that Binchy fans will adore. Agent: Christine Green. (Oct.)

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Ventures an evaluative argument about plagiarism. Argues that the term "plagiarism" has come to describe disparate behaviors and that the inclusion of what the author calls patchwriting in the category of plagiarism denies students opportunities to become scholars. Looks at why patchwriting is associated with academic dishonesty, and the cultural work accomplished by the criminalization of patchwriting, contending that criminalization of patchwriting protects the power of the dominant culture by preventing students from practicing one of the important means by which scholars write. Surveys rhetorical practices on which inclusion of patchwriting could be based, and offers policy arguments for a positive pedagogy of patchwriting. The author is associated with Texas Christian University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567504361
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/18/1999
Series:
Perspectives on Writing: Theory, Research, Practice Series
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

REBECCA MOORE HOWARD chairs and directs the Writing Program at Syracuse University. She is co-author of Standing in the Shadow of Giants (1999), The Bedford Guide to Teaching Writing in the Disciplines (1995), and co-editor of Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum (2000 forthcoming).

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