This panel, for the November meeting of the ASA, seeks to investigate the relationship between the fields of literature and sociology through a series of papers that interrogate how each discipline might serve as a useful lens on the other. For instance, how have sociological theories informed particular literary works or movements? Does the field of sociology, or particular sociological approaches, open up especially useful means for analyzing particular writers? What are the benefits, and the limitations, of applying sociological thinking to literature?
In addition to the questions above, some of the possible directions panelists might take, but are not limited to, include:
⋅ The representation of sociological ideas or theories in literary texts, genres, or movements
⋅ How sociological texts embody ideas or forms of representation from literature
⋅ Sociological texts as literature
⋅ Literary texts as sociology
⋅ The representation of sociology as a field in literary texts
⋅ The representation of sociologists in literary texts
Deadline: Thursday, January 22nd. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a one-page CV, to Stephen Brauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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