English 595: "Copyrights/Copywrongs"
Instructor: Dr. Ian Barnard (Web Page: http://www.csun.edu/~ib5991)
Office: ST 834 (818-677-0913)
Office Hours: R , and by appointment
A recent flurry of flyers/lectures/workshops/articles about plagiarism has inundated the CSUN campus. Why this panic? How do concerns about intellectual property shape our understandings of authorship, intellectual collaboration, and writing instruction? How are these understandings inflected by discourses of capital, nation, gender, sexuality, disability, and celebrity? What does “originality” mean amidst postmodern/postcolonial aesthetics and poststructuralist conceptions of subjectivity? We’ll pursue these and other questions by engaging with a growing body of critical writing on issues around copyright and plagiarism, as well as films, music videos, and novels by artists who have been accused of plagiarism or have made fun of or otherwise responded to such charges.
You will have the opportunity to produce critical and creative projects as part of your own work for the course. The course topic crosses disciplines and genres, and should be of interest to current and future teachers; English graduate students in composition studies, critical theory, literary and cultural studies, and creative writing; and graduate students in other disciplines.
1) Acker, Kathy. Don Quixote: Which Was a Dream.
2) Course Reader.
3) Coombe, Rosemary J. The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation, and the Law.
4) Howard, Rebecca Moore. Standing in the Shadows of Giants: Plagiarists, Authors, Collaborators.
5) Leavitt, David.
6) Ouologuem, Yambo. Bound to Violence.
7) Spigelman, Candace. Across Property Lines: Textual Ownership in Writing Groups.
8) Thomas, D. M. The White Hotel.
9) Vaidhyanathan, Siva. Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity.
Available on Electronic Reserve:
10) Sherman, Brad, and Lionel Bently. The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law: The British Experience, 1760-1911.
1) Attentive reading of assigned texts, regular attendance, and vigorous participation in class discussions.
2) Seven WebCT posts (WebCT posts #5 and #8, plus any five others).
3) One collaborative oral presentation.
4) Two projects (one of these may be a collaborative project): turn in hard copies and post on WebCT (except for performances/videos/art/etc.).
#1: Position Paper on Barthes and/or Foucault and/or Kleege due by on 8/31; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers and/or Responses due by on 9/1.
#2: Position Paper on Acker due by on 9/14; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers and/or Responses due by on 9/15.
#3: Position Paper on Howard due by on 9/28; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers and/or Responses due by on 9/29.
#4: Position Paper on Ouologuem due by on 10/5; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers and/or Responses due by on 10/6.
#5 (Required): Draft of your first Project due by on 10/12; Responses to your group members’ drafts due by on 10/13 (in addition, you may respond to other colleagues’ drafts).
#6: Position Paper on Leavitt and/or Bleeth due by on 10/26; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers due by on 10/27.
#7: Position Paper on Coombe due by on 11/2; Responses to at least two colleagues’ Position Papers due by on 11/3.
#8 (Required): Draft or discussion of your second Project due by on 11/24; Responses to your group members’ drafts or discussions due by on 11/26 (in addition, you may respond to other colleagues’ drafts or discussions). Due dates and times for WebCT Post #8 are negotiable!
Responses to Position Papers
Collaborative Oral Presentation (feel free to meet with me beforehand to discuss your presentation)
Complete any two of the following four Projects:
(a) Theoretical/Contextual: An 8-12 page paper treating one of more of the theoretical and/or contextual texts and/or treating one or more issues we have discussed in relation to these texts.
(b) Literary/Cultural: An 8-12 page paper treating one or more of the literary/cultural texts we have discussed (Superstar, The White Hotel, “The Term Paper Artist,” Don Quixote, Bound to Violence, Vogue, Jaffe poems) in the context of the issues addressed in the course and/or treating the issues we have discussed in relation to these texts.
(c) Pedagogical: An 8-12 page paper treating one or more of the texts and/or issues we have discussed in connection with pedagogy.
(d) Creative: A theoretically-informed work of “plagiarism” in any medium or genre (e.g., a series of poems, a short story/fiction, a painting, a performance, a critical essay, a video).
One of your two Projects may be collaborative.
DUE DATES FOR PROJECTS:
If you choose (d) as one of your projects, (d) is
Instructions for WebCT Posts
Setting your email address:
Log on to the class web page at <http://webteach.csun.edu>
Select “Email” from the panel on the left
Select “message settings”
Check the box next to “mail forwarding” and enter your CSUN email address
Click “update” at the bottom of the panel
Making a post:
Log on to the class web page at <http://webteach.csun.edu>
Select “Discussions” from the panel on the left
Select appropriate WebCT post heading
* = text in Course Reader
# = reading on the Internet
Introduction to course
Watch and discuss Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Email your three presentation preferences to me by
Reading due: *Barthes, *Foucault, *Kleege.
Watch “Copyright in
WebCT post #1 due
Reading due: Vaidhyanathan
Reading due: Acker
Watch Acker video
WebCT post #2 due
Reading due: excerpts from
Reading due: Howard
WebCT post #3 due
Reading due: Ouologuem
WebCT post #4 due
Reading due: * Price, *
Discuss writing handbooks and sample student papers
WebCT post #5 due
Discuss drafts of first Project
Watch and discuss Madonna’s “Vogue” music video
Reading due: *hooks, #Jaffe
Turn in first Project and post on WebCT
Reading due: Leavitt (“The Term Paper Artist”), *Bleeth and Rivkin
WebCT post #6 due
Reading due: Coombe
WebCT post #7 due
Reading due: Thomas
Reading due: Spigelman
WebCT post #8 due
Turn in or present second Project and, if possible, post on WebCT
Thanks to Aneil Rallin, Susi Mitchell, Lynne Cook, Barbara Kroll, Patrick O’Neill, Andrea A. Lunsford, Drue Koons, Christian Larsen, Bruce M. Abrams, Marsha Duggan, Carmen Ganser, Irene Clark, Anne Shea, Rick Bolton, and Marcy Newman for ideas for and assistance with this syllabus.
POSSIBLE PRESENTATION TOPICS
1) Napster and the Music Industry
2) Kinkos Copyright Case
3) Bound to Violence Plagiarism Charges
4) Barbara Taylor Bradford
5) The White Hotel Plagiarism Charges
6) Term Paper Web Sites and Plagiarism Detection Software (turnitin.com)
7) Jayson Blair (?)
8) Steven Ambrose Plagiarism Charges
9) Plagiarism case(s) of Winston L. Frost, Trinity Law School Dean (2001) and/or Central Connecticut State University President (March 2004)
10) Intellectual Property Legal Discourse
11) Acknowledgments and Citations
12) Other: __________________________________