Saturday, May 17, 2008

Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age

Caroline Eisner and Martha Vicinus, Editors

A timely intervention in national debates about what constitutes original or plagiarized writing

This collection is a timely intervention in national debates about what constitutes original or plagiarized writing in the digital age. Somewhat ironically, the Internet makes it both easier to copy and easier to detect copying. The essays in this volume explore the complex issues of originality, imitation, and plagiarism, particularly as they concern students, scholars, professional writers, and readers, while also addressing a range of related issues, including copyright conventions and the ownership of original work, the appropriate dissemination of innovative ideas, and the authority and role of the writer/author. Throughout these essays, the contributors grapple with their desire to encourage and maintain free access to copyrighted material for noncommercial purposes while also respecting the reasonable desires of authors to maintain control over their own work.

Both novice and experienced teachers of writing will learn from the contributors' practical suggestions about how to fashion unique assignments, teach about proper attribution, and increase students' involvement in their own writing. This is an anthology for anyone interested in how scholars and students can navigate the sea of intellectual information that characterizes the digital/information age.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Caroline Eisner and Martha Vicinus / 1


Choosing Metaphors / Jessica Litman / 13
On Ethical Issues in Publishing in the Life Sciences / Gilbert S. Omenn / 27
Reviewing the Author-Function in the Age of Wikipedia / Amit Ray and Erhardt Graeff /39
Internet and Open-Access Publishing in Physics Research / Gordon Kane /48
Do Thesis Statements Short-Circuit Originality in Students’ Writing? / Anne Berggren /53
Cloud Gate: Challenging Reproducibility / Jeff Ward /64


Genres as Forms of In(ter)vention / Anis Bawarshi / 79
When Copying Is Not Copying: Plagiarism and French Composition Scholarship / Christiane Donahue / 90
The Dynamic Nature of Common Knowledge / Amy England / 104
Instinctual Ballast: Imitation and Creative Writing / Christina Pugh /114
The Anthology as a Literary Creation: On Innovation and Plagiarism in Textual Collections / Christopher M. Kuipers /122
Economies of Plagiarism: The i-Map and Issues of Ownership in Information Gathering /
Kim Walden and Alan Peacock / 133
“Fair Use,” Copyright Law, and the Composition Teacher / Martine Courant Rife /145


History and the Disciplining of Plagiarism / Michael Grossberg / 159
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement: The Costs of Confusion / Laura J. Murray / 173
Plagiarism, a Turnitin Trial, and an Experience of Cultural Disorientation / Lisa Emerson / 183
Academic Plagiarism and the Limits of Theft / Stefan Senders / 195
Insider Writing: Plagiarism-Proof Assignments / Lynn Z. Bloom / 208
Plagiarism across Cultures: Is There a Difference? / Joel Bloch / 219
Framing Plagiarism / Linda Adler-Kassner, Chris M. Anson, and Rebecca Moore Howard / 231

Selected Bibliography 247
Contributors 253
Index 259


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/ 6 x 9. 280 pgs. 4 tables, 1 figure / (2008) / Cloth : 978-0-472-07034--3 : $70.00 / Paper : 978-0-472-05034-5 : $26.95 /



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