lit-crit "appropriation"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 10 15:20:30 UTC 2010

Means "a shameful or unjustified exploitation for artistic purposes."

2008 Christopher Highley _Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern
Britain and Ireland_ [Oxford: OUP] 45: Unconscionably, the most flagrant act
of appropriation, however, was replacing the original staid titles of works
with sensational attention-seeking ones.

2010 : [By impersonating the voice of the
dead] 'In Flanders Fields' attempts an outrageous act of appropriation,
which insults the very men whom the poem is meant to honour.
A usage so common in certain circles that it's creepy.


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