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Professor Mike Pincombe, 'Imitatio or cut and paste?'

  • Venue: Percy Building G. 10
  • Start: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT
  • End: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:00 GMT

We always tell our students that the Renaissance schoolboy learnt imitation as an essential trick of the trade. Maybe he did. But I wonder if he forgot it again just as quickly as our own students forget what we teach them about post-structuralism. A few passages from a poem written in 1559 by Thomas Drant will show where real imitation is taking place, and where Drant is just using the sort of cut and paste techniques we would associate with plagiarism more than with imitation. The main point though is to get us thinking about the actual pervasiveness of imitation in English Renaissance literature. (Not much, in my view.)

Hour-long paper followed by Q&A, wine and other refreshments provided.

 

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