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absolute equivalence and hence interchangeability of choices. Or so it is said. The existence of feminism with its insistence on difference forces us to reconsider. (Owens, 1985:77).

The irony is that, while we can celebrate the dismantling of the original/copy distinction by today’s visual and literary artists, we have been less sceptical about the way these terms have been deployed in relation to the work of earlier periods.