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„Festzertrümmerung“. Literaturpreise und Ritualbrüche

Abstract : Every year, more than 700 literary prizes are awarded in Germany. They are signposts within the literary marketplace but have also come under criticism for being overly promoted, objects of political instrumentalisation, or even a threat to artistic freedom. Literary awards can create authors (Durs Grünbein was the recipient of the Büchner Prize in 1995, Daniel Kehlmann was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2015). They can also popularise genres (Elke Erb received the Büchner Prize, Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020). This article examines literary awards in the context of a “Broad Present” (Gumbrecht) from the perspective of ritual theory: It analyses how they are represented in satirical novels (Günter de Bruyn’s Preisverleihung 1972, Thomas Glavinic’s Das bin doch ich 2007) and how acceptance speeches sometimes break with literary prize-giving rituals (Thomas Bernhard’s Meine Preise 2009, Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Verunstaltung durch Veranstaltung 1993, Martin Walser’s speech upon accepting the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1998). Ritual breaks in both fictional and real award ceremonies mark boundaries in the field of contemporary literature.
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Michael Braun. „Festzertrümmerung“. Literaturpreise und Ritualbrüche. Etudes Germaniques, Klincksieck, 2021, 302 (2), pp.211-228. ⟨10.3917/eger.302.0211⟩. ⟨hal-03587401⟩



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