A Poetics of Plagiarism: The Case of Kathy Acker
After a brief introduction on the literary production of Kathy Acker and a brief overview on some essays where she shows the relation between writing and power, and between writing and desire, this paper analyzes the meaning of the act of plagiarism in one of her most experimental works: Great Expectation.
By means of the concept of “desiring-machine” illustrated by Deleuze and Guattari in their essay L’Anti-Œdipe. Capitalisme et Schizophrénie, this paper intends to highlight the link between the use of plagiarism in Kathy Acker’s novel and the schizophrenic thought elaborated by the two French theorists.
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