State Patronage in Norway and the U.S.

Wendy Griswold

in Regionalism and the Reading Class

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309224
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309262 | DOI:
State Patronage in Norway and the U.S.

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This chapter shows that literary regionalism flourishes only where there are both regional collective identity and institutional support. It attempts to sort out the claims of the experiential and institutionalist views by asking, can resource flows in and of themselves create and sustain regionalism? The empirical focus is on Norway and the United States, both of which experienced a dramatic increase in state literary support in the mid-1960s. These two developments are totally independent of each other and they allow the examination of several decades of state literary patronage in two different national contexts. So the question is: what difference has state patronage made for literary regionalism?

Keywords: literary regionalism; reading class; regional collective identity; institutional support; state literary patronage; Norway; United States

Chapter.  10804 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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