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Since the rise of social media, the authority of traditional professional literary critics has beensupplemented – or undermined, depending on the point of view – by technological developmentsand the emergence of community-driven online layperson literary criticism. So far, relatively littleresearch (Allington 2016, Kellermann et al. 2016, Kellerman...
In diesem Aufsatz wird anhand einer digitalen und literatursoziologischen Analyse die Wertung der Literatur von Laienkritiker:innen, den sogenannte small critics, konkret am Beispiel der online Twitter-Diskussion zum Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis (»Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur«) erörtert. Wir betrachten die Tweets als Formen der Kürzest-Stellungn...
Although there has been ample empirical and theoretical research on the ‘field(s)’ of literary criticism and its changing institutional context, few scholars (Steiner 2008, Kellermann et al. 2016; Kellermann and Mehling 2017; Bogaert 2017) have actually attempted to directly ingest and mine the actual content of user-generated online literary criti...
Recently, the manager of a Dutch publishing consortium manager stated that literary quality should be measured and predicted by means of algorithms and big data-based audience research, rather than by experts. His claim drew ire and caused the exodus of established authors; at the same time, the statement is indicative of a broader societal trend in which the knowledge of professional 'pundits' is rivalled and challenged by technological developments and the reliance on "the wisdom of the crowds". Scholars have argued that debates on the validity of tastes and evaluation are indicative of “a waning consensus about what has cultural value”. This project proposes to do both qualitative and quantitative research into the perceptions of readers by means of a digitally empowered method of literary sociology. As such, it will be the first systematic study into the phenomenon of "layman/layperson criticism". The project will draw on a broad corpus of critical discourse generated by six literary prizes in thee different linguistic communities (Germany, the Low Countries and the UK) in the period 2007-2017. We aim to answer questions such as: What are the criteria for telling 'good' from 'bad' literature used by both professional and layperson critics? What role does the attribution of societal engagement play in the judgment of contemporary literature? What are the differences between academic prizes and literary prizes that draw on audience participation?