Cultural impact and the power of myth in popular public constructions of authorship

Braun, Rebecca (2010) Cultural impact and the power of myth in popular public constructions of authorship. In: Cultural impact in the German context. Camden House, Rochester, NY, pp. 78-96. ISBN 9781571134301

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Abstract

This chapter sets out to conceptualize how authors attain cultural significance beyond the literary reception of their work. Starting from Thomas Mann’s famous radio addresses and working through mass media constructions of famous authors from the Gruppe 47, it argues that the public narratives constructed around these authors and their literary lives can be understood in terms of myth and mythic excess. Engaging with several different conceptions of myth --- from Barthes’s myths of the everyday, through Bourdieu’s system of belief, to contemporary thinking on celebrity --- the chapter seeks to unearth the various mechanisms by which authors manipulate public interest in their person in an attempt to raise their cultural profile.

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