Friday, November 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Kevin Kopelson read the first chapter (titled “My Cortez”) of Confessions of a Plagiarist (Counterpath, 2012). It explores—in confessional mode—connections between plagiarism and legitimate quotation in academic work. Patrick Greaney gave a talk on plagiarism and Marcel Broodthaers. Please see above and below for videos of the reading and talk, plus the Q&A.

Kevin Kopelson, born in 1960, is a literary critic. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University. Currently, he is Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Kopelson has published extensively in the (related) fields of sexuality studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and 20th-century literature. His books include: Love’s Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics (Stanford, 1994); Beethoven’s Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire (Stanford, 1996); The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky (Stanford, 1997); Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer’s Desk (Minnesota, 2004); Sedaris (Minnesota, 2007); and Confessions of a Plagiarist: And Other Tales from School (Counterpath Press, 2012).

Patrick Greaney is the author of “Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin” (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and “In a Near Future: Quotational Practices in Contemporary Art and Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). He is the translator of a number of works by Urs Allemann and the co-translator of Heimrad Bäcker’s “transcript.” He teaches German and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.