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Plagiarism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Plagiarism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

L.H.O.O.Q. (1919), one of Marcel Duchamp‘s readymades.

Plagiarism and the history of art

Through all of the history of literature and of the arts in general, works of art are for a large part repetitions of the tradition; to the entire history of artistic creativity belong plagiarism, literary theft, appropriation, incorporation, retelling, rewriting, recapitulation, revision, reprise, thematic variation, ironic retake, parody, imitation, stylistic theft, pastiches, collages, and deliberate assemblages.[3][39][10][40][41][42] There is no rigorous and precise distinction between practices like imitation, stylistic plagiarism, copy, replica and forgery.[3][4][5][43] These appropriation procedures are the main axis of a literate culture, in which the tradition of the canonic past is being constantly rewritten.[42]

Ruth Graham quotes T.S. Eliot—”Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. Bad poets deface what they take.”—she notes that despite the “taboo” of plagiarism, readers seem to often forgive the past excesses of historic literary offenders.[44]