Dr. Lauren Fitzgerald, professor of English at Yeshiva College and director of the Wilf Campus Writing Center, presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the International Crime Fiction Association at the Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” in Pescara, Italy, from June 12-15, 2019. Her paper, “Stephen King and the Crime of Plagiarism,” used the King novella Secret Window, Secret Garden to examine complex cultural attitudes about authors and plagiarists, particularly in educational settings.
“My PhD dissertation and early publications were on 18th- and 19th-century British Gothic novels, which have strong ties to the crime fiction tradition as well as to Stephen King, whom I’ve been reading for about 40 years. It was a great pleasure to link King to my other scholarly interests in writing studies through the subject of plagiarism.”