2017-2018 / LROM0052-1

Sociology of literature


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in immigration studies3 crédits 
 Master in sociology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Jean-Pierre Bertrand

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Introduction to major currents in sociological criticism, from Lukacs to Bourdieu, based on this division: sociology of the author/writer, the work/the book, the reader/the public and sociology of the institution of literature.
  • Also, internal examination of a particular work, i.e. the Education sentimentale as viewed by Lukacs, Goldmann, Bourdieu, etc., or else external analysis of a literary question: a group, a tendency, a movement, etc.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • To introduce students to the major currents in sociological criticism.
  • To read and or explicate in sociological terms of text or a literary phenomenon.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Having an interest in literary criticism and the sociological approach.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

See : http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires

Recommended or required readings

A syllabus will be distributed at the beginning of the class, accompanied by a selected bibliography.
Recommended readings:
J. Dubois, L'Institution de la littérature, Bruxelles, Labor, 1978; rééd. "Espace Nord", 2005,
P. Bourdieu, Les Règles de l'art, Paris, Seuil, 1992 ; rééd. Points.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the Winter session. An oral examination will be based on the class and on the student paper (original research project, format to be determined).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Professor Jean-Pierre BERTRAND, professeur ordinaire Département de Langues et littératures romanes Place Cockerill, 3 à 4000 Liège Tel. 04 366 54 07 Secretary Vanessa Hamoir Tel. 04 366 56 50

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