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anticipatory plagiarism

from here:

Anticipatory plagiarism occurs when someone steals your original idea and publishes it a hundred years before you were born. (Robert Merton)

from Georges Perec: A User’s Manual:

Bearing in mind Lautréamont’s insistence that ‘plagiarism is necessary – progress implies it’, the Oulipians, realising that many of the key practitioners had lived hundreds of years previously, covered themselves by inventing the notion of ‘anticipatory plagiarism’. 3 This term helped the Oulipo to identify those earlier writers who had created paleo-Oulipian texts prior to any formal recognition of the techniques they employed, which had existed in the French literary canon for some time. Failure to acknowledge the Oulipo was not considered a crime: Georges Perec would later trace the use of the lipogram – a piece of writing that excludes certain letters – back to the early 6th century.

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  1. July 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Can’t resist pointing you to something I wrote to that anticipatory effect – Anachronic Annexation – more specifically on Bayard’s book le plagiat par anticipation. Cheers! http://www.theocculture.net/anachronic-annexation/

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