Plagiarism

Hélène Maurel-Indart :
Professor of Literature at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours (France). Author of two essays about originality and literary plagiarism :
– Plagiats, les coulisses de l’écriture (Ed. de la Différence, 2007). Commentary of WESSWeb : An analysis of historical and contemporary cases of plagiarism. In appendix are tables confronting the pairs of texts under consideration. Includes a 4-page bibliography and an index of names and titles.
– Du plagiat (Presses Universitaires de France, 1999).
Author of many articles about intertextuality, rewriting and copyright. It is difficult to define all these notions.

The purpose of my website is to help people to understand exactly what plagiarism means, especially in literature. You can find examples of plagiarism.

In 2009, the University of South Carolina organised a conference about « stealing the fire in French and Francophone Literature and Film : adaptation, appropriation, plagiarism, hoax ». This event was sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, the Program in Comparative Literature, the European Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences. Here is the summary of my communication, which will be published in the French Literature Series (FLS) .

 » The notion of literary plagiarism is at the heart of the process of writing, even if the meaning of the term « plagiarism » varies according to the period. First, we must specify the meaning and the context of this notion from ancient times to nowadays, choosing examples from among the most famous writers.

For the contemporary period, it is necessary to highlight the reasons why plagiarism has not disappeared in spite of the copyright law. Economic and cultural elements can explain this phenomenon.

The Paul Celan-Yvan Goll case is a perfect yet tragic illustration of all the crucial questions that literary creation, originality and plagiarism can bring. »

There is a very good book on plagiarism by Marilyn Randall : Pragmatic plagiarism, authorship, profit and power (University of Toronto Press, 2001).