This week we’ll be looking at appropriative writing, fanfiction, and other forms which make explicit use of the ideas and words of others. In talking about these works, we’ll look at a lot of examples from the history of “experimental” writing and examine how techniques developed over the last century are given new life in digital media.
It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing.’ Kenneth Goldsmith (also of note: “Authenticity Obsession, or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show” by Ken Chen and “Kenneth Goldsmith Says He Is an Outlaw” by CAConrad.)
Bronwen Thomas. 2011. “What Is Fanfiction and Why Are People Saying Such Nice Things about It??” Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies 3. University of Nebraska Press:1–24. https://doi.org/10.5250/storyworlds.3.2011.0001. [Available through the Bath Spa Library Website.]
The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin. William S. Burroughs
The Ecstasy of Influence. Jonathan Lethem
Tradition and the Individual Talent. T.S. Elliot
John Cage on Wikipedia.
Language is a Virus (site dedicated to text generation with lots of online text manipulation tools)
- Oulipo (short for French: Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, meaning: workshop of potential literature) feature in Drunken Boat – www.drunkenboat.com/db8/index.html
- the ultimate cut-up machine – www.christopherarcella.com/cutupmachine
- Visual poetry (aka concrete poetry) – ubu.com/vp
- ottar ormstad – yellowpoetry.com
- Fluxus Performance Workbook – download pdf: www.thing.net/~grist/ld/fluxus.htm
- The UbuWeb Anthology of Conceptual Writing – intro by Craig Douglas Dworkin – www.ubu.com/concept