Study Programmes 2016-2017
WARNING : 2015-2016 version of the course specifications
Sociology of literature
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master in sociology (120 ECTS)3
Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5
Bachelor in information and communication5
Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5
Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5
Bachelor in history5
Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5
Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5
Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies5
Bachelor in philosophy5
Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5
Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5
Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5
Lecturer :
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 :
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
Items online :
Index from Jacques Dubois, L'Institution de la littérature. 
This is the synopsis of Sociology of Literature