Prizing Debate

The Fourth Decade of the Booker Prize and the Contemporary Novel in the UK

Anna Auguscik

Transcript-Verlag

Prizing Debate

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Pub Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9783837638530

270 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Prizing Debate

The Fourth Decade of the Booker Prize and the Contemporary Novel in the UK

Anna Auguscik

Transcript-Verlag

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This book offers a study of the literary marketplace in the early 2000s. Focusing on the Man Booker Prize and its impact on a novel's media attention, Anna Auguscik analyzes the mechanisms by which the prize recognizes books triggering debates, in addition to how it itself becomes the object of such debates. Based on case studies of six novels and their attention profiles (Aravind Adiga, Margaret Atwood, Sebastian Barry, Mark Haddon, DBC Pierre, and Zadie Smith), the book describes the Booker as a "problem-driven attention-generating mechanism" whose influence can only be understood in relation to other participants in literary interaction.

About the Author

Anna Auguscik teaches English literature at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Her research interests include the novel in the literary marketplace, the history and current state of reviewing and criticism, and the relationship between literature and science.