Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
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Live Literature

The Experience and Cultural Value of Literary Events from Salons to Festivals

Authors: Wiles, Ellen

  • Provides an unprecedented overview of the contemporary live literature scene, its relationship to the publishing industry, its cultural and economic context, its recent growth and its history
  • Evaluates participant experience at live literature events, involving reader-audiences and author-performers, and assesses the cultural value of live literature in a digitalizing world
  • Argues for experiential literary ethnography as a powerful literary anthropological tool to communicate the value of live arts events in scholarly and applied contexts
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About this book

This ground-breaking book explores the phenomenal growth of live literature in the digitalizing 21st century. Wiles asks why literary events appeal and matter to people, and how they can transform the ways in which fiction is received and valued. Readers are immersed in the experience of two contrasting events: a major literary festival and an intimate LGBTQ+ salon. Evocative scenes and observations are interwoven with sharp critical analysis and entertaining conversations with well-known author-performers, reader-audiences, producers, critics, and booksellers. Wiles’s experiential literary ethnography represents an innovative and vital contribution, not just to literary research, but to research into the value of cultural experience across art forms. This book probes intersections between readers and audiences, writers and performers, texts and events, bodies and memories, and curation and reception. It addresses key literary debates from cultural appropriation to diversity in publishing, the effects of social media, and the quest for authenticity. It will engage a broad audience, from academics and producers to writers and audiences.

About the authors

Ellen Wiles is a writer, curator and academic. A Lecturer in Creative Writing at Exeter University, her interdisciplinary research practice combines literary anthropology with creative writing. She is the author of the novel The Invisible Crowd (2017) which was awarded the Victor Turner Prize in ethnographic writing and was a Guardian book of the year, and Saffron Shadows (2015), a book about literary culture in Myanmar. She previously worked as a human rights lawyer.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Live Literature
Book Subtitle
The Experience and Cultural Value of Literary Events from Salons to Festivals
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50385-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50385-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-50384-0
Edition Number
1
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