Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

#MeToo Movement Results in Unprecedented Delay of Nobel Prize for Literature

#MeToo Movement Results in Unprecedented Delay of Nobel Prize for Literature #MeToo Movement Results in Unprecedented Delay of Nobel Prize for Literature
Steven Clarke | 05 May, 2018, 02:54

The 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature has been postponed due to a sexual misconduct and financial scandal that has rocked the institution that traditionally organizes the award. The decision was made at a weekly meeting in Stockholm a day earlier, on the grounds that the Academy was in no shape to pick a victor after a string of sex abuse allegations and financial crimes scandals.

What followed was a wave of resignations, including Ms Frostenson and the head of the academy, Prof Sara Danius.

The Swedish Academy said that it took the decision "in view of the now diminished academy and the reduced public confidence in the academy".

It will be the first time since 1949 that the prestigious award has been delayed. The prize has been withheld on no fewer than seven occasions in the past and it has also been postponed for a year five times previously - the last time being in 1949.

"It has occurred before".

The decision comes after a string of sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson.

The Swedish Academy has now agreed to review its century-old operating practices.

The Academy's archives are bursting with letters from the world's most renowned literary figures nominating candidates. And while only 8 members are required to decide upon a Nobel laureate, the situation is very clearly beyond simply making do with those remaining. The Academy has always been, if not outright secretive, then certainly a closed-door sort of institution, with all the prestige one might expect of such a body - the nearest one might get to the mythical smoke-filled room, formally patronised by Sweden's King Carl Gustav XVI himself.

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Arnault is also facing the accusation that he touched Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria inappropriately at a Swedish Academy event over a decade ago.

An internal report commissioned by the Academy revealed conflicts of interest, as well as the fact that Academy members had leaked Nobel winners' names.

Wästberg told The Local it had been "a most unlikely pair whom I remember clearly from my school days, Russell in splendid witty form, Faulkner basically drunk".

Arnault's attorney Björn Hurtig says that his client denies all the allegations, arguing he's become "the victim of a witch hunt" and that they "may have been made with the sole objective of harming" him, according to The Guardian. That, in turn, sparked widespread protests in Sweden, as it looked like a woman was being punished for male behavior; Swedish media, meanwhile, speculated over how much the global #MeToo campaign influenced the academy's decision.

The academy's statutes require a quorum of 12 to vote in any new members. There are also a number of laureates who were rewarded more for their general contributions to human thinking and culture than their skills in literature - persons such as Bertrand Russell (1950), Winston Churchill (1953) and Jean-Paul Sartre, who was selected in 1964 only to decline the prize.

The Academy took the rare decision to postpone the 2018 Nobel literature prize to next year, meaning it will award two prizes in 2019.

U.S. Republicans have nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace award for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.

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