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Coleridge and Plagiarism

Andrew Keanie

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge and Plagiarism

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This article examines the issues of plagiarism in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It explains that the sources of Coleridge's writings have long fascinated critics. Coleridge's kindest critics have disentangled the components of his eclectically derivative corpus and compulsively devious practice, while his unkindest critic, Norman Fruman, has reacted against the canonical sentimentality that has transmogrified the real Coleridge into the ‘Da Vinci’ of literature. The article suggests that Coleridge crossed a qualitative line, that intangible border which separates plagiarists from the other writers who have their secrets, but who seem to lack the tendency towards dependency.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; plagiarism; derivative corpus; Norman Fruman; literature

Article.  9415 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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