Published Humanitas, Volume VI, No. 2, 1993

The cultural climate has changed, even since the 1980s, and defenders of literary standards and contemners of plagiarism now stand in stark contrast to the writers, scholars, editors, and publishers who have abandoned their responsibility as critics and watchdogs, forgone the unpleasantness of upholding propriety, and opted instead for a kinder and gentler conception of plagiarism that facilitates life for pilferer and critic alike. According to this “new thinking” about literary theft, plagiarism must go the way of other taboos that have been modified and redefined in deference to sensitivity and social progress.