Prize Germans?:changing notions of Germanness and the role of the award-winning author into the twenty-first century

Braun, Rebecca (2014) Prize Germans?:changing notions of Germanness and the role of the award-winning author into the twenty-first century. Oxford German Studies, 43 (1). pp. 37-54. ISSN 1745-9214

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Abstract

Germany has an unusually large number of literary prize foundations in international comparison. The historical and socio-political reasons for such a widespread ritual appropriation of ‘award-winning’ authors can tell us a great deal about changing notions of German cultural identity. This paper argues that where the long-running named literary prizes (such as the Büchner and Kleist prizes) place their laureates in a retrospective tradition that is firmly tied to national and regional cultural politics, a new breed of prizes - spearheaded by the German Book Prize - has emerged since the beginning of the twenty-first century that deliberately seeks to propel authors beyond the confines of the German literary field. These prizes proactively ‘celebrify’ the author with the explicit intention of bringing to market a self-consciously contemporary, more diverse image of Germanness. Pursuing a literary career in such a context is both a challenge and an opportunity, as the specific case of Daniel Kehlmann shows.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Oxford German Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 68725
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2014 09:13
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 08:50
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/68725

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