Sociology of Literature

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sociology of Literature

Spring 2020

Taught By: Aleksandra Wagner

Section: A

CRN: 7472

Credits: 3

The sociology of literature treats literature as a social (f)act imbued with private pleasures. When circulated, such pleasures also create an intricate public sphere––of literary salons, coffee and publishing houses, book clubs, forceful manifestos, and blogs. Through readings, discussions and encounters with guest speakers, we aim to understand what it means to name something as literature, to sell a manuscript, buy a book, and to converse about it. We reflect on texts about literature, texts addressing a relationship between literature and identities, as well as those signaling profound inequalities in a global literary market. Class material is approached from the perspective of a non-native English Reader, and includes works by György Lukács, Sharon Zukin, Lucien Goldmann, Pierre Bourdieu, Ann Stoler, Rey Chow (social sciences); Joseph Salvatore, Edward Said, Susan Sontag, Jenny Diski, Edmund Wilson, J. W. von Goethe, George Braziller, Dwight A. McBride, Toni Morrison (literary criticism/publishing); Thomas Mann, Audre Lorde, Flannery O’Connor, Aimé Césaire, Bruno Schulz, Doris Lessing, Joseph Brodsky, Adonis, Anne Carson, Sappho, Sigmund Freud, Eduardo Galeano, Ivo Andrić, Herta Müller, James Baldwin, Mula Mustafa Bašeskija, Dubravka Ugrešić, Bei Tong (literature).

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:55am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 618

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020