Annette Gilbert (ed.), in collaboration with Tobias Amslinger and Mirja Aye with a contribution by Michalis Pichler.
Since the 1960s, writers have radically challenged the notion of originality and creativity in literature. They stopped writing new texts for their books and instead drew upon pre-existing books: canonical texts of world literature or intellectual history are transcribed by hand, edited, altered, alphabetically arranged or simply copied and republished under one’s own name. By now Appropriation Literature amounts to a critical mass that has generated its own tradition. The present anthology is the first to give an international overview of the phenomenon, presenting 126 books and projects by over 90 authors, including Irma Blank, Marcel Broodthaers, Kajsa Dahlberg, Rodney Graham, Antonia Hirsch, Gareth Long, Kris Martin, Klaus Scherübel, Carolyn Thompson, and Nick Thurston.