Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series)

by Pierre Bourdieu et al.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804726272

ISBN-13: 9780804726276

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Written with verve and intensity (and a good bit of wordplay), this is the long-awaited study of Flaubert and the modern literary field that constitutes the definitive work on the sociology of art by one of the world’s leading social theorists. Drawing upon the history of literature and art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Bourdieu develops an

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Written with verve and intensity (and a good bit of wordplay), this is the long-awaited study of Flaubert and the modern literary field that constitutes the definitive work on the sociology of art by one of the world’s leading social theorists. Drawing upon the history of literature and art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Bourdieu develops an original theory of art conceived as an autonomous value. He argues powerfully against those who refuse to acknowledge the interconnection between art and the structures of social relations within which it is produced and received. As Bourdieu shows, art’s new autonomy is one such structure, which complicates but does not eliminate the interconnection.

The literary universe as we know it today took shape in the nineteenth century as a space set apart from the approved academies of the state. No one could any longer dictate what ought to be written or decree the canons of good taste. Recognition and consecration were produced in and through the struggle in which writers, critics, and publishers confronted one another.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804726276
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Preface
Acknowledgements
Prologue: Flaubert, Analyst of Flaubert: A Reading of Sentimental Education1
Pt. IThree States of the Field
1The Conquest of Autonomy: The Critical Phase in the Emergence of the Field47
2The Emergence of a Dualist Structure113
3The Market for Symbolic Goods141
Pt. IIFoundations of a Science of Works of Art
1Questions of Method177
2The Author's Point of View: Some General Properties of Fields of Cultural Production214
Pt. IIITo Understand Understanding
1The Historical Genesis of the Pure Aesthetic285
2The Social Genesis of the Eye313
3A Theory of Reading in Practice322
Da Capo: Illusion and the Illusio331
Postscript: For a Corporatism of the Universal337
Notes349
Index of Names397
Subject Index404

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