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This is not a copy: writing at the iterative turn

This is not a copy: writing at the iterative turn

Marczewska, Kaja, author

In This Is Not a Copy, Kaja Marczewska identifies a characteristic `copy-paste' tendency in contemporary culture-a shift in attitude that allows reproduction and plagiarizing to become a norm in cultural production. This inclination can be observed in literature and non-literary forms of writing at an unprecedented level, as experiments with text redefine the nature of creativity. Responding to these transformations, Marczewska argues that we must radically rethink our conceptions of artistic practice and proposes a move away from the familiar categories of copying and originality, creativity and plagiarism in favour of the notion of iteration. Developing the new concept of the Iterative Turn, This Is Not a Copy identifies and theorizes the turn toward ubiquitous iteration as a condition of text-based creative practices as they emerge in response to contemporary technologies. Conceiving of writing as iterative invites us to address a set of new, critical questions about contemporary culture. Combining discussion of literature, experimental and electronic writing, mainstream and independent publishing with debates in 20th- and 21st-century art, contemporary media culture, transforming technologies and copyright laws, This Is Not a Copy offers a timely and urgently needed argument, introducing a unique new perspective on practices that permeate our contemporary culture

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Published New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Kaja Marczewska
ISBN: 1501337858, 9781501337840, 9781501337857
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 274-294) and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: ix, 303 pages : illustrations
Subject: Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Appropriation (Arts); 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999; Cultural studies; Plagiarism.; Literature; Literary theory; Theory of art; Media studies; Biography, literature & literary studies
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781501337833


  1. Figures
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Reprint Credits
  4. "Plagiarizing Well Is Hard To Do": An Introduction
  5. The Iterative Turn
  6. Erasure
  7. Transcription
  8. Code
  9. Bibliography
  10. Notes
  11. Index