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Literary Competition for Best Novel
Pages 12 (3012 words)
When judging any work of literature, there are many criteria with which you might choose to contrast different compositions. Williams (cited in Brown 2005) suggests before one can construct a literary critique, that person must first have some understanding of what 'literature' really is; Williams offers five fundamental aspects of literature for the critic who must discern a difference among them: writing that constitutes polite learning, a body of writing produced by a particular nation, creative or imaginative writing, substantial or important writing, and finally writing with aesthetic interest that can be classed as art (p.4).
Various prestigious literary awards are given to authors who meet the specific criteria of each organisation; for example, the Booker Prize is awarded for the work which is the "best work of fiction by a British or Commonwealth writer", and the Nobel Prize for Literature is given to the author who has "produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction" (ibid., p.199). Often, the criterion for judging literature rests on the personal opinions of the original organizing committee, however once this has been established it is the role of recruited judges to stay with such ideals and work within the boundaries of the competition or publication.
Danson Brown proposes that there are three terms which are of vast importance in any literature judgement: taste, aesthetic and canon (p.200). Taste, in modern society, is related directly to consumerism and to each individual choosing literature that suits his or her own idea of what a novel should be. ...
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