Contemporary Literature Genres, Themes and Characters: A View from Literature Festivals

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What have the Hay-on-Wye, Berlin, Mantova, Adelaide or Parati literature festivals have in common – and not what? Much has already been written about festival management and organization, the significance of place and location as well as the role of the festival flair and culture for making festivals successful over time. Less attention has been given to the contents of the festival from the perspective of the authors and genres featured, the themes addressed and their main characters. This paper tries to fill in this gap by taking a deeper look into the programs of some of the major literature festivals in the world today.


Keywords: Literature Festivals, Authors, Genres, Transnationalism, World Literature(s)
Stream: Literary Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Literature Festivals and the Sociology of Literature


Dr. Liana Giorgi

Vice-Director, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences
Vienna, Austria

Liana Giorgi is a writer and social scientist. She was born in Cyprus and studied at MIT (USA) and Cambridge (UK). She currently works at The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences, where she leads a number of comparative inter-disciplinary projects on themes of European relevance. Her current research focuses on arts festivals and their role for transnational identities.

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