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Sociological Contexts of Liberature
Sociological Contexts of Liberature

Author(s): Katarzyna Bazarnik
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Media studies, Studies of Literature, Communication studies, Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Theory of Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the situation of liberature in the field of literary production. It presents a historical outline of the phenomenon, starting with Zenon Fajfer’s proposal of a new literary genre. Bazarnik then contextualizes liberature with the sociological turn in bibliography, which demonstrated that “strong” authors striving to maintain their autonomy in the literary field paid attention to the semantically charged, intentionally shaped bibliographic code of their books. Finally, drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s mechanisms of consecration as well as modern sociolinguistic and rhetorical theories of genre, she describes liberature as a new form of literary communication that can be conceptualised in terms of genre understood as the horizon of expectations.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 223-241
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English