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Imitating Authors: Plato to Futurity

Colin Burrow


Imitating Authors analyses the theory and practice of imitatio (the imitation of one author by another) from early Greek texts right up to recent fictions about clones and artificial humans. At its centre lie the imitating authors of the English Renaissance, including Ben Jonson and the most imitated imitator of them all, John Milton. Imitating Authors argues that imitation is not simply a matter of borrowing words, or of alluding to an earlier author. Imitators learn practices from earlier writers. They imitate the structures and forms of earlier writing in ways that enable them to create a n ... More

Keywords: imitation, plagiarism, classical reception, authorship, rhetoric, Plato, Quintilian, John Milton, cloning, artificial intelligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198838081
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198838081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Burrow, author
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford