n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le prix Nobel de littérature, prix de la littérature mondiale ?




Nowadays, the Nobel Prize in Literature is the only worldwide literary award and it acts as an interesting measure instrument of the extension, borders and values of Literature. The century long story of the Prize is linked with an expansive conception of literature, more engaged and more remote from the Mainstream. Less europeocentric and less male than yesterday, the Nobel Prize still gives the priority to the great traditional European languages, and the question of the recognition left to the rest of the World is still pending. However, in connection with the spread of Globalization, we can observe during the 20 past years the growing importance of women, of writers from the "South" and an increasing affirmation of cultural hybridism.


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