Emprunts littéraires: documentation en ligne

Extrait en ligne d'une nouvelle recherche publiée dans la future Ellen G. White Encyclopedia sur la question des emprunts littéraires chez Ellen White :

Literary Borrowing. One of the most discussed issues regarding the writings of Ellen White is the use in her own literary productions of material she borrowed, or allegedly plagiarized, from other sources without giving explicit credit to the original author(s). That Ellen White borrowed from other authors was openly acknowledged by herself (cf. GC xi-xii) and by people close to her (cf. 2SM 451-465). The real issue, however, is not whether she borrowed without giving proper credit but whether she borrowed in such a way as to deceive the reader. There is both “good” and “bad” literary borrowing. “Good” literary borrowing is what every researcher does and is perfectly legitimate, provided it is done correctly and documented accurately. “Bad” literary borrowing (plagiarism) is wrong per se because an author extensively copies the thoughts of another and claims them as his own. The charge that Ellen White practiced plagiarism affects not only the credibility of her claim to a prophetic gift, but also the very integrity and genuineness of her personal life. She has been accused of being a thief, a liar, and an exploiter of church members who constituted a captive market for her books [...]

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Auteur : Denis Fortin, professeur, doyen de la faculté de théologie, université Andrews, Michigan.