Course title:
Literary Prize Culture - What Makes a Winner?
Andrew Mousley
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Mon 14 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
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Mon 14 Mar 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£10.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
It will be useful to have read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, and any of the other shortlisted books in 2006: Tiffany Carrie’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living; Nicole Krauss’ History of Love; Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black; Ali Smith’s The Accidental; Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch.
Course aim:
The course will examine literary prize culture, focusing specifically on the shortlisted novels for the 2006 Women's Prize for Fiction. It will explore the different forces at play in the making of a winner.
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Literary prize culture nowadays plays a key role in what gets read and counted as ‘literature’. However, claims about literary quality cannot easily be extricated from the agendas of corporate sponsors, a writer’s prior reputation, the politics of exclusion and inclusion, and time-bound understandings about what makes a book ‘good’. With these considerations in mind, this talk will examine the 2006 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, alongside some of the other shortlisted novels of that year: Tiffany Carrie’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living; Nicole Krauss’ History of Love; Hilary Mantel’s Beyond Black; Ali Smith's The Accidental; and Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch. Date and time: Monday March 14, 10-12 Format: 60 minute talk, including short 5 minute break 10 minute break 50 minute discussion
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Identify the various social, political and aesthetic agendas at work in the making of literary prize winners
2. Identify the significance and implications of the criteria given to the judges for the Women's Prize for Fiction
3. Discuss Zadie Smith's On Beauty in the context of literary prize culture
4. Place the Women's Prize for Fiction in the context of debates and developments within feminism
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