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prizes, literary

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prizes, literary 

Dating at least from Attic poetry and drama prizes of the 6th century bc, which drew support for the great urban arts festivals of ancient Greece, prizes in the modern period have retained some of these festal and promotional aspects, playing a prominent role on the literary *festival circuit. Book-of-the-year prizes—such as France’s Prix *Goncourt—often generate a frenzy of public attention. The recent proliferation of prizes is not merely a symptom of cultural commodification and media hype, but part of a broader expansion of the institutional apparatus of literary canon formation, involving publishing and media industries, universities, royal and national academies, professional societies, and a host of institutions nominally philanthropic in nature, and increasingly transnational in scope.

James F. English


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