Exploring the Dominance of 'Commonwealth Literature' in the Man Booker Prize. Holding on to a Lost Empire?


Term Paper, 2010

10 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

This paper delves into the intriguing trend observed since the inception of the Man Booker Prize in 1969, where nearly half of the winners have hailed from the former colonies, a phenomenon unique among prestigious literary awards. Notably, the trend persisted beyond 2007, with works like "The White Tiger" from India winning in 2008. This study compares the Booker Prize with other literary honours, examining its exceptional public profile and influence.

The primary questions addressed include: Why do novels by citizens of former colonies or minority communities in Britain thrive in the United Kingdom? How can we categorize these works, and do they authentically portray former colonies and multicultural Britain? The paper aims to elucidate the role of 'Commonwealth literature' in the Booker Prize, investigating the meaning of this term and exploring alternative categorizations.

Chapter two provides a concise history of the Man Booker Prize and its remarkable success. Chapter three delves into the definition of 'Commonwealth literature' and explores more precise terms for the novels under consideration. Lastly, Chapter four conducts an analysis to unveil the factors contributing to the prominence of these novels in the Booker Prize. The paper concludes with an overview of key findings, shedding light on the unique relationship between the Booker Prize and literature from the Commonwealth.

Details

Title
Exploring the Dominance of 'Commonwealth Literature' in the Man Booker Prize. Holding on to a Lost Empire?
College
Humboldt-University of Berlin  (Centre for British Studies)
Course
Empire and Commonwealth History
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2010
Pages
10
Catalog Number
V1416296
ISBN (eBook)
9783346967909
Language
English
Keywords
English literature, literary prizes, Man Booker Prize, Commonwealth, Commonwealth Literature, British Empire
Quote paper
Julia Reuter (Author), 2010, Exploring the Dominance of 'Commonwealth Literature' in the Man Booker Prize. Holding on to a Lost Empire?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1416296

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