The sociology of literature remains fragmented despite interesting research within specific disciplines such as literature studies or cultural sociology. This fragmentation is, however, nothing new. Methodologically, it has something to do with the disciplinary specialization within the social sciences and the humanities since the 1950s. Theoretically, it is related to the normative debate about the impact of popular or mass culture on arts in society which has been going on in different contexts since the 16th century. The present article advocates an integrated approach to the sociology of literature, based on the work of Leo Löwenstein and Raymond Williams, and offers the example of literature festivals as interdisciplinary research sites.
|Keywords:||Literature, Festivals, Publishers, Authors, Internationalization, Translations|
Vice-Director, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences, Vienna, Austria
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