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Sociological Methods: Institutional Construction of Literature across Time

Thu, November 20, 3:00 to 4:45pm, Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter, Floor: 3rd Floor, Conference Room 11

Session Submission Type: Panel

Brief Description

This panel revisits the idea of “sociology of literature” and examines its relevance to the field of Russian and russophone literature. Nearly a quarter century after it's heyday, Pierre Bourdieu’s method of viewing cultural works within their orbits of production, consumption and circulation, i.e. as products of an “immense enterprise of symbolic alchemy,” appears to be on the margins of scholarly discourse. This panel encourages a rethinking of sociological approaches to literature informed by critical engagement with cultural practices from the rise of modernism to the post-Soviet era. Panelists will present how sociological approaches inform their observations of diverse institutions and cultural sites, and how their experience has shaped their particular methodological framework.

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