Research Repository

‘A testicular hit-list of literary big cats’

Kon Yu, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0003-2023-6910 (2016) ‘A testicular hit-list of literary big cats’. Overland, 223. 14 - 20. ISSN 1444-3163

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.


This essay explores the issue of gender and literary prize culture. By using data from three major Anglophone prizes (the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Man/Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize), as well as the work of organisations such as VIDA: Women and the Literary Arts (US) and The Stella Prize (Australia), I will argue that women are more likely to win prestigious literary awards if their work features a male protagonist. This paper will pay close attention to several works by women which have won major awards and emphasis that women only do win literary awards when they adhere to the ‘measure of men’, to use Roxane Gay’s phrase. The essay posits that the real issue in women’s writing is that of readership; that is that books by women are more likely to be read by women whereas books by male authors have both male and female readers. Given this trend, it is unsurprising that women’s writing continue to be marginalised and under-valued

Item Type: Article
Edition: Winter
Uncontrolled Keywords: women's writing; literary prizes
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts and Education
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 07:41
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 23:09
ePrint Statistics: View download statistics for this item

Repository staff only

View Item View Item

Search Google Scholar