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    interesting case study of how the symbolic capital of literature can flow between different mediums, specifically the publishing, prize-giving, and film industries, as well as the public domain. Doing so, I will firstly examine Life of Pi as a novel that fits into the category of ‘lit-lit’, a genre of popular fiction Collins proposes in an attempt to define the new ‘literary’ novel. Secondly, I will propose that the Booker prize works, as an institution, to popularise literature by stimulating exchanges of cultural and economic capital, and that the discourse of the 2002 Man Booker prize identified Life of Pi as a popular literary novel. Finally, I will look at how this narrative of (popular) literary excellence has translated to the film adaptation, focusing on how Life of Pi is conceived as both a movie blockbuster and a highly literary (i.e. quality) film. Collins proposes the term ‘Lit-lit’ to describe “these self-consciously literary novels” that have become “a kind of category fiction” (225). The historical period Collins identifies with the rise of ‘Lit-lit’ is interesting in light of my focus on Life of Pi: a phenomenon of the twenty-first century, Collins states authors and publishers “began, between 2002 and 2006, to identify an intended audience as a specific type of reading community” (256). Published initially in 2001 and winning the Man Booker Prize in 2002, the recognition Life of Pi garnered potentially represents an awareness of the public desire for…

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    interesting plot (Source 6). Their is no limitation for characters in the book, but it has to be original work (source 4). The book award will be announced in January on the ALA midwinter meeting (source 5). C. There are many other awards given to literature, like the Hugo award. it is for the best science fiction or fantasy book ( source 7). It has been given out since 1953 (source 7). The categories include Novel, Novella, Short story and many more (source 7). The book has to be…

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    One obvious one is Man vs. Nature. Pi fights to stay alive while in the middle of the ocean on a lifeboat for seven months with a tiger. He has to learn to deal with all the dangers of nature and of the tiger as well and must assert his dominance over the animal. Another conflict is Man vs. Self. Pi knows he has to overcome not only the outside dangers, but the dangers of his mind as well. The minute he begins to give up on life really is when he will die. He almost has to mind over matter the…

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    Thoughtfully selected books make wonderful gifts that can be enjoyed time after time and shared with family and friends. Contenders for 2015 book awards are ideal choices. This year’s winners and finalists include excellent selections for the fiction lover. Among them is the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Inspired by the 1976 invasion of the home of singer Bob Marley, James creates multiple voices to give life to a forceful novel that…

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    J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

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    Booker Prize winner and J.M. Coetzee masterpiece, Disgrace, published in 1999 “seems to be a book about endings: the end of rape, the end of morality, and the end of humanity meaning" (Bandici). The novel takes place in the post-apartheid South Africa, where the internal pressures, the anger, the inequalities and the discrimination still haunt the country as the legacy of the previous political system. The controversy behind this novel and how it shows the complex transformation suffered by a…

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    Yann Matel, a Trent University graduate and Man Booker Prize winner, wrote Life of Pi, his most famous book, in 2001. Martel’s trip to India and his deep need for a story to become a successful author developed the amazing and intriguing story of Pi Patel. Setting the story in the in the Pacific Ocean in the 1970’s, Martel wrote about a young boy struggling to survive after his transportation to Canada sinks, leaving him stranded on a lifeboat with dangerous animals. Surviving on a lifeboat…

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    Throughout Ang Lee’s writing life, Lee achieved the best Man Booker Prize by publishing The Life of Pi, a number one international bestseller. Ang Lee, on the other hand, achieved the Academy Award for Best Director. In the year of 2012, Ang Lee released the The Life of Pi. Both men strived to produce a story that grasped the audience’s attention. Ang Lee’s and Yann Martel’s version of The Life of Pi captives the reader’s or viewer’s mind by introducing a young man who admires religion, survives…

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    Stage 2 English Communications Assessment Type 1: Text Analysis Text response to show Yann Martel’s exploration of two ideas, Religious belief and spirituality through the use of literary techniques. Yann Martel’s novel, Life of Pi, awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2002, follows sixteen year old Pi Patel on a journey across the Pacific Ocean in the company of a Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker. The book is split into three parts, the central theme of this novel is religious belief and spirituality,…

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    Life Of Pi Conflict Essay

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    defended and parasites forever endured. What is the meaning of freedom in such a context? Animals in the wild are, in practice, free neither in space nor in time, nor in their personal relations"(16). Pi gives light on the topic of freedom, specifically in animals not in humans. He proves that animals, even in the wild, have no freedom as they are confined to their need of food and shelter. It foreshadows Pi’s struggle of survival with Richard Parker and other animals, bringing him down to the…

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    Zoos In Life Of Pi

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    come to deal with fear, fighting, lack of food, and parasites on a regular basis. Animals in the wild are not free at all; they must follow the harsh laws of nature or die. Religion with its many orders and rules may also be seen as intrusions on personal freedom. But Pi defends religion the same way he defends zoos. In his point of view, the cages and restrictions of religion provide a cozy and comfortable life and people prefer not to leave because life outside is miserable by comparison.…

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