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Authorship and AppropriationWriting for the Stage in England, 1660-1710$
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Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184683

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.001.0001

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The Proprieties of Appropriation

The Proprieties of Appropriation

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(p.32) 2 The Proprieties of Appropriation
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Authorship and Appropriation
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Paulina Kewes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.003.0003

This chapter examines the issues of plagiarism and authorial propriety in playwriting in England during the period from 1660 to 1710. During the period shortly before 1710, plays were started to be recognized as the property of those who wrote them. However, the dependence of playwrights on sources went generally unmarked. But after the Restoration, writers were pressured to acknowledge and justify their borrowings because many playwrights were attacked for plagiarism and other for debasing the originals which they purported to improve.

Keywords:   plagiarism, authorial propriety, playwriting, England, Restoration

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