Abstract

Abstract:

Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen's final publication, a short story titled "Sanctuary," was alleged to have been plagiarized from a white British writer, Sheila Kaye-Smith. Larsen, however, claimed it was based on an oral narrative she heard years before. Critics have largely resisted accepting Larsen's explanation of the story's origins, believing her to have committed plagiarism. Starting with the opposite premise—that the story does have a folkloric source—may exonerate her from plagiarism charges.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-1882
Print ISSN
0021-8715
Pages
pp. 255-275
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-22
Open Access
No
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