Sociology Index

Sociology and Literature

Historical sociology focusses on how societies develop through history. Historical sociology looks at how social structures that many regard as natural are shaped by complex social processes. This structure shapes institutions and organizations, which affect the society resulting in phenomena ranging from gender bias and income inequality to war. Contemporary historical sociology is primarily concerned with how the state has developed since the Middle Ages.

Literature reflects society and society shapes literature. Nature imitates Art more than Art imitates Nature. (Oscar Wilde).

Literature, though it may also be many other things, is social evidence and testimony. (Lewis Coser). 

LITERATURE AND SOCIETY - Dept. of Sociology, Emory Univ., Dr. Karen A. Hegtvedt.
Some conceptualizations of the relationship between literature and society are rather straightforward: literature is a reflection of society, a force in society, or simply a separate part of social life. Others argue that the enterprise of literature is more complex, potentially capturing diverse forms of interaction between various parts of and players in society.

Syllabus: - Sociology and Literature, Professor: Norman Conti, Ph. D.
Course Description: This course is designed to combine important sociological texts with classic works of literature that complement them. This is accomplished in the hope of using the commonality to demonstrate how exciting really good sociological research can be. Moreover, it is a chance to exercise the sociological imagination in a controlled setting. Ironically, the fiction is employed to help make sociology more “real” for the student.

Books On Sociology And Literature

Sociology and Literature - Trevor Noble - British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Jun., 1976).Literature, Culture And Society Book by Andrew Milner.

The Sociology of Literature by Diana Laurenson.

For the People by the People? Eugene Sue's Les Mysteres de Paris--A Hypothesis in the Sociology of Literature, Christopher Prendergast.

The Psychology and Sociology of Literature: In Honor of Elrud Ibsch (Utrecht Publications in General and Comparative Literature) Elrud Ibsch, Dick H. Schram, Gerard Steen (Editor).

Literature and Society: The Function of Literary Sociology in Comparative Literature (New Comparative Poetics) Book by Bart Keunen (Editor), Bart Eeckhout (Editor).

Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World (ASNEL Papers 9.2; Cross/Cultures 79) Geoffrey V. Davis; Peter H. Marsden; Bénédicte Ledent; Marc Delrez.

Crime in Literature: Sociology of Deviance and Fiction by Vincenzo Ruggiero, Jonathan Rée.

A History of Sociology in Britain: Science, Literature, and Society by A. H. Halsey.

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (Sociology of Law and Crime) (Hardcover) Book by Eugene Benson, L. W. Conolly (Editor) How the process of colonization affects literature.

Towards Tragedy/Reclaiming Hope: Literature, Theology and Sociology in Conversation Book by Richard K. Fenn (Foreword), Douglas Gwyn, Rachel Muers, Brian Phillips, Richard E. Sturm, Pink Dandelion (Editor).

Between Literature and Science : The Rise of Sociology (Ideas in Context) Book by Wolf Lepenies, Quentin Skinner (Series Editor), Lorraine Daston (Series Editor), Dorothy Ross (Series Editor), James Tully (Series Editor), R. J. Hollingdale (Translator).

Nationalism and Literature : The Politics of Culture in Canada and the United States (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies) Book by Sarah M. Corse, Jeffrey C. Alexander (Series Editor), Steven Seidman (Series Editor).