Perspectives on Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in a Postmodern World

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Lise Buranen, Alice Myers Roy
SUNY Press, 1999 - Social Science - 302 pages
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This book offers a wealth of thinking about the complex and often contradictory definitions surrounding the concepts of plagiarism and intellectual property. The authors show that plagiarism is not nearly as simple and clear-cut a phenomenon as we may think. Contributors offer many definitions and facets of plagiarism and intellectual property, demonstrating that if defining a supposedly "simple" concept is difficult, then applying multiple definitions is even harder, creating practical problems in many realms. This volume exposes the range and breadth of these overlapping and complex issues, reflecting a postmodern sensibility of fragmentation, and clarifies some of the confusion, not by reducing plagiarism to ever simpler definitions and providing new or better rules to apply, but by complicating the issue, examining what plagiarism and intellectual property are (and are not) in our more or less postmodern world.

This book offers and explains various definitions of plagiarism. Issues covered include copyright law and plagiarism; imitation and originality in classical rhetoric; sociohistorical perspectives; and late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century notions of authorship in student publications and textbooks. The authors also offer different applications of these plagiarism definitions in specific arenas including university writing centers, administrative settings, peer-writing groups, textbook publishing, and the wider marketplace.

 

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Contents

Plagiarism Process Property and the Law
5
Augustines Chinese Cousins
19
Sociohistoricist Perspectives on the Author Function
31
A Historical Look at Students and Textbooks on Plagiarism and Cheating
41
Academic Definitions
53
Plagiarism the Postmodern and Faculty Attitudes
55
Plagiarism and CrossCultural Mythology
63
A Distant Mirror or Through the Looking Glass? Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in Japanese Education
75
Are Faculty Members and Students Differently Entitled?
169
New Approaches New Locations
183
In Academic Administration
193
Confusion and Conflict about Plagiarism in Law Schools and Law Practice
195
Student Plagiarism as an Institutional and Social Issue
205
The Administrative Perspective
211
In Instruction and Research
219
Plagiarism as Metaphor
221

The New Aholitionism Comes to Plagiarism
87
Literary and Theoretical Definitions
97
The Illusion of Modernist Allusion and the Politics of Postmodern Plagiarism
99
Property Plagiarism and Feminist Futures
111
What Remains of the Author in Postmodernism
121
Imperial Plagiarism
131
Literary Borrowing and Historical Compilation in Medieval China
141
APPLICATIONS
151
In the Writing Center
153
Writing Centers and Plagiarism
155
The Ethics of Appropriation in Peer Writing Groups
231
The Role of Scholarly Citations in Disciplinary Economies
241
In the Marketplace
251
Genericide or Language Right?
253
Ethical Practices and Perceptions of Fair Use
263
Works Cited
273
Contributors
293
Index
299
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Lise Buranen is Faculty Director of the University Writing Center and Alice M. Roy is retired Professor of English and Linguistics at California State University at Los Angeles.

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