Beg, Borrow, Steal: Quotation, Allusion and Intertextuality

Beg, Borrow, Steal: Quotation, Allusion and Intertextuality

Learn how to lovingly ‘lift’ new material from old

What’s the difference between quoting directly from something in your work and referring to it more loosely? What are the general interrelationships between texts? When is it theft, or appropriation? This course will use examples from throughout history to think about the borrowing of other words in our own work. We will be close-reading around aspects of intertextuality – including work by Denise Riley, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Sam Riviere, Daisy Lafarge – and will also think about technology and quotation: what does it mean to incorporate things in poems that readers can easily look up? Through various prompts and tasks we will interweave specific quotations through our poems, allude to them, refer to other texts, and learn how to handle ‘something borrowed’ from elsewhere.

This course is a half-day workshop running 10.30am – 1pm on Thursday 11 April and is part of our Tutor Academy week.

About Helen Charman View Profile

Helen Charman’s first pamphlet, Support, support, is out now from Offord Road Books, and her poems can be found in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. She was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Poet’s Prize, and longlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize in 2017. She is writing a PhD thesis on maternity, sacrifice and economics, and she teaches undergraduates at the University of Cambridge and primary-school children in Hackney. Her critical writing can be found in The White Review, the Cambridge Humanities Review, Another Gaze, King’s Review, The Baffler and the LRB Blog.

‘Made me more aware, more imaginative and knowledgeable.’

– Summer 2018 survey response

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