Culture and the Literary Prize conference papers published

The Culture and the Literary Prize conference, which was hosted at Oxford Brookes in October 2003, now has a continuing online presence. The website has abstracts for all the papers delivered at this major international conference, along with the full text of selected papers. During the conference over thirty speakers met to interrogate the place of the literary prize in contemporary culture, to disseminate the findings of their own research into prizes as diverse as the Hawthornden, the Prix Fémina Vie Heureuse and the Ingeborg Bachmann, and to debate the issues that arise out of consideration of the function and impact of literary prizes. Papers explored the production, marketing and consumption of literature, and examined the dynamics of book awards in relation to the codification of cultural value, the formation of cosmopolitan reading communities and the construction of national and trans-national identities. Please see the website for more details.

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