The business of writing: literature as a commodity in Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú

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    Abstract

    This article presents considerations about the status of literature as a commodity and writers as professionals in the twenty-first century. These considerations are based on an analysis of Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú (2011), which follows the story of an Argentine crime novel writer who becomes a ghostwriter after her latest novel receives harsh reviews for being considered commercial rather than literary. I argue that the novel in question points out misconceptions about the influence of the book industry on the aesthetic quality of literary writing, highlighting the need for literary criticism to look into everyday relations between readers, authors, and editors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalCultural Studies
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - Mar 10 2018

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    Keywords

    • Argentine literature
    • book culture
    • crime fiction
    • Latin American culture
    • Literature as commodity
    • writers as professionals

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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    The business of writing : literature as a commodity in Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú. / Bezerra, Ligia.

    In: Cultural Studies, 10.03.2018, p. 1-17.

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