Original Copy: Plagiarism and Originality in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Hardback)
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Original Copy: Plagiarism and Originality in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Hardback)

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Hardback 258 Pages / Published: 08/03/2007
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'"Originality" is only plagiarizing from a great many', remarked Rupert Brooke, stealing the line from Voltaire. Questions of originality, and accusations of plagiarism, are as old as literature, but different literary cultures have interpreted the relationship between originality and plagiarism in startlingly dissimilar ways. Original Copy investigates and documents the drastic reappraisal of literary originality and plagiarism which occurred over the course of the nineteenth century: from the heroic visions of original authorship that characterised the 1820s and 1830s, through to the stickle-brick creativity of Oscar Wilde and Lionel Johnson at the century's end. It reveals how ideas of originality and plagiarism were not only a theoretical concern of Victorian commentators on literature, but also provided many important Victorian writers - Eliot, Dickens, Reade, Pater, Wilde, and Lionel Johnson among them - with a creative resource. Moving between numerous different fields of thought and knowledge - literary criticism, the history of science, manuscript culture, anthropology - and written in a supple and elegant style, this book shows that the ideas of originality and plagiarism were the subjects of nineteenth-century literature, as well as what it was subject to.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199296507
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 464 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
provocative and fruitful, offering new insights * Meg Jensen MLR *
[a] fast-moving, broad-sweeping book * Matthew Reynolds, Times Literary Supplement *
[Macfarlane proposes] fresh insights...Crisp, elegant, and impeccably researched, Original Copy promises to challenge reader's assumptions about the true nature of creativity, even those who think they've read it all before. * Kelly Grovier, The Observer *
an excellent book. It is smart, well researched and, unquestionably, will prove to be an important contribution to the study of literary originality and the history of plagiarism...and impressive and important book. * Review of English Studies, Volume 58, Number 237 *

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