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The economy of prestige : prizes, awards, and the circulation of cultural value

Author: James F English
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James F English
ISBN: 9780674030435 0674030435
OCLC Number: 221175319
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: p. cm.
Contents: Introduction : prizes and the study of culture --
1. Prize frenzy --
2. Precursors of the modern cultural prize --
3. The logic of proliferation --
4. Prizes as entertainment --
5. The making of a prize --
6. Taste management --
7. Trophies as objects of production and trade --
8. Scandalous currency --
9. The new rhetoric of prize commentary --
10. Strategies of condescension, styles of play --
11. The arts as international sport --
12. The new geography of prestige --
13. Prizes and the politics of world culture --
App. A: The rise of the prize --
App. B: Prizes and commerce --
App. C: Winner take all : six lists.
Responsibility: James F. English.

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A book about one of the great stories of modern cultural life: the remarkable ascendancy of prizes in literature and the arts. It documents the dramatic rise of the awards industry and its complex  Read more...

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