University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 22/10/2014
Version 2013-2014
LROM0052-1  Sociology of literature

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master in Sociology, in-depth approach, 1st year3
Master in Sociology, didactic approach, 1st year3
Master en sociologie, à finalité spécialisée en immigration studies, 1st year3
Master in Sociology, Professional focus in applied sociology, 1st year3
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures, Classics, 2nd year5
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures, Classics, 3rd year5
Bachelor in Information and Communication, 2nd year5
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures, German, Dutch and English, 2nd year5
Bachelor in History of Art and Archeology, General, 2nd year5
Bachelor in History, 2nd year5
Bachelor in modern languages and literatures, general orientation, 2nd year5
Bachelor in History of Art and Archeology, Musicology, 2nd year5
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies, 2nd year5
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies, 3rd year5
Bachelor in philosophy, 2nd year5
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures, 2nd year5
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures, 3rd year3
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English, Research Focus , 1st year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English, Research Focus , 2nd year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : General, Research Focus, 1st year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : General, Research Focus, 2nd year5
Lecturer :  Denis Saint-Amand
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Course 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 course :  
  • To introduce students to the major currents in sociological criticism.
  • To read and or explicate in sociological terms of text or a literary phenomenon.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
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 :  
Contacts :  
Instructor Denis Saint-Amand, Chargé de recherches FNRS Tel. 04 366 56 44 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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