Utopian Identities
A Cognitive Approach to Literary Competitions

Clementina Osti

Studies In Comparative Literature 41

Legenda

22 August 2018  •  188pp

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Literary prizes are nothing if not controversial. Criticised for the selection — or rejection — of authors, texts and jury members, attacked for their economic impact on the cultural scene and for their influence within the publishing world, they paradoxically benefit from ever growing success, their number increasing exponentially every year. In this broad-ranging study, Clementina Osti looks beyond the polemical surface to explore the reasons for the extraordinary flourishing of literary competitions in twentieth-century Europe. Combining cognitive poetics with a wide range of critical approaches, she investigates the function of literary prizes as major intermediaries in psychological, cultural and social processes of identity construction. Embodying a utopian — yearly repeated and ever deferred — attempt at defining the self, literary competitions are revealed as key players on the cultural scene.

Clementina Osti is a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has completed a PhD in European Literature at the University of Cambridge and is currently working for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Contents:

i-vi
Utopian Identities: Utopian Identities
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Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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Author’s Note
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1-25
Introduction
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26-55
Chapter 1 France 1900–1918: Utopian Society
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56-112
Chapter 2 Italy 1920–1945: Utopian Travels
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113-147
Chapter 3 Spain 1950–1975: Utopia and Dystopia
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148-151
Conclusion
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152-158
Bibliography
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159-172
Appendix
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173-178
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Osti, Clementina, Utopian Identities: A Cognitive Approach to Literary Competitions, Studies In Comparative Literature, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Clementina Osti, Utopian Identities: A Cognitive Approach to Literary Competitions, Studies In Comparative Literature, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Osti, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Osti, Clementina. 2018. Utopian Identities: A Cognitive Approach to Literary Competitions, Studies In Comparative Literature, 41 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Osti 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Osti 2018: 21.

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