Why Do We Quote?: The Culture and History of Quotation
Quoting is all around us. But do we really know what it means? How do people actually quote today, and how did our present systems come about? This book brings together a down-to-earth account of contemporary quoting with an examination of the comparative and historical background that lies behind it and the characteristic way that quoting links past and present, the far and the near.Drawing from anthropology, cultural history, folklore, cultural studies, sociolinguistics, literary studies and the ethnography of speaking, Ruth Finnegan 's fascinating study sets our present conventions into crosscultural and historical perspective. She traces the curious history of quotation marks, examines the long tradition of quotation collections with their remarkable recycling across the centuries, and explores the uses of quotation in literary, visual and oral traditions. The book tracks the changing defi nitions and control of quoting over the millennia and in doing so throws new light on ideas such as imitation, allusion, authorship, originality and plagiarism .
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
academic Adages allusion another’s attributed authors Bible biblical British century Chapter citation classical commentaries commentators common compilations contemporary contexts conventions conversation cultural demarcated dialogue Dictionary of Quotations diple earlier echoes edition English Erasmus example excerpts familiar Female free indirect speech further genre Greek human illustrated indicate individual intertextuality inverted commas Kuna language Latin less literary literature Lord Randal Male manipulated marginal married Mass Observation narrative Old Testament oral original Oxford Dictionary particular passages past people’s perhaps phrases plagiarism poems poetic poetry poets polyphony practice present proverbs quotation collections quotation marks quote marks quoting and quotation readers recognised Reina-Valera repeated repetition reproduced retired retired film ritual sayings sense settings Shakespeare signal single social someone else’s sometimes songs sources speaker speech spoken style T. S. Eliot teacher Testament tradition translation utterance varied verbal verse words and voices writing written