centonism


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centonism

the practice, especially in verse, of writing by arranging quotations from other authors. Also centonization. — cento, n. — centonical, adj.
See also: Literary Style
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Hazlitt's divergent statements on and uses of centonism, then, aptly illustrate the contradiction between Romantic cultural-legal discourse and Romantic literary production and point to the kind of appropriation we now recognize as fair dealing.
Like Hazlitt's liberal and adaptive prose centonism, the cento's exhibition of judicious selection and sequencing illustrates that curation and editing are themselves profoundly creative writing processes.