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Section III: Critical Practices

Taking the hypothesis that every practice of public reception is grounded on specific notions of literature, authorship and aesthetic value, the section focuses specifically on a) the latest change in practices of reception and their relation to economic relations of power and b) conflicts of valuation as they emerge from the (in)transparent criteria of valuation practices and the (im)possibility to differentiate between aesthetic and political value judgments in public reception. Both focal points consider developments of the last few decades but understand them as inspirations for discussing the history of practices of public reception of literature in general.