Sociology of Literature

lrom2740  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociology of Literature
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h
Q2
Teacher(s)
Language
French
Prerequisites
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Main themes
- Specificities of the issues of the sociology of literature (external analysis) and of socio-criticism (internal analysis)
- Issue of the text-society relationship: historical perspective, contemporary perspective
- Methods of sociological and socio-critical analysis
- Critical study of the strategies of allocation of literary value (transcendence/immanence)
- In-depth analysis of a (popular) literary text from the 19th or 20th century
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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At the end of the course, the student will have acquired:

- insight into the main theories about the relationships between the (popular) literary text and society (sociology of literature and socio-criticism mainly)

- practical skills to analyse a (popular) literary text with the theoretical and methodological tools devised by sociologists of literature and socio-critics

- competence for reflexiveness towards the functioning of the literary field and in particular towards the mechanisms of allocation of literary value

 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The aim of this course is to promote the study of the various and complex relationships that a literary text, popular or not, has with the social reality. From such a perspective, the following aspects will be given particular attention: the selection and/or perfecting of concepts, as well as the development of critical discourses through which it is possible to explain, at a given time (the contemporary era) and place (the Francophone world), the functioning of the editorial field and the place literature has in it as a symbolic, cultural and social practice. Procedures will also be developed for the formal analysis of (popular) literary texts which, coupled with the study of their conditions of production and reception, can unveil the mechanisms of allocation of literary value and, as a consequence, the process of legitimization of texts, as well as authors, in the studied field.
Teaching methods
Ex-cathedra course.
Lectures a lot of emphasis will be placed on the critical reading of theoretical texts and the analysis of extracts of (popular) literary texts.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam.
Other information
Extracts from theoretical and literary works
Bibliography
Une bibliographie sélective est communiquée aux étudiants
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Certificat universitaire en littérature

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General