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Plagiarism as Authorship: the Literary Mashup

  • Author / Creator
    Schneider, Matthew
  • Mashups—texts composed by combining portions from several original texts—are a new literary form. In order to better understand this form, I have created my own literary mashup, Buchstauben, which allowed me to encounter first-hand the nuances of the form. As such, my thesis consists of both my own literary mashup, Buchstauben, as well as a critical component, in which I explore the history of the mashup, from the Classic poetic technique of the cento to the modern work of mashup artists such as Girl Talk. The critical component also serves as a reflection on my own experiences in composing a mashup, and the challenges this form poses to mashup artist, especially in light of contemporary copyright concerns.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3PS5W
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Wharton, Thomas (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gouglas, Sean (History and Classics)
    • Gay, David (English and Film Studies)
    • Stewart, Christine (English and Film Studies)