Issue of the sociology of the book industry, including books for children. Based on the principle that books are "two-sided realities, commodities and meanings", the first part of this course introduces a series of concepts and data needed to analyze the market of cultural goods, the literary field, its functioning and main actors. A second part is devoted to the book industry and to reading in the french-speaking part of Belgium. Finally, in the third part, the changes appearing in the field of children's literature, as well as the tools needed to analyze this field, are discussed (the comic strip will not be neglected).
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
Understand what is at stake in a definition of a book as a social object, both in the social and economical sense of the term.
Chapters I, II and III introduce the students to the key concepts of the sociology of the book and analyse the functioning of the literary field (constitution and contemporary practices). Chapter IV applies this theoretical background to the sociological study of children's literature (illustrated books, novels and comic strip).
Ex-cathedra course, with case studies that presents the book as a vehicle of varied values and practices.
Assessment : oral exam.
Course materials : outline, booklet with set texts, and bibliography.
Une bibliographie sélective est communiquée aux étudiants.
Title of the programme
Master  in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General
Master  in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language
Master  in Modern Languages and Literatures : General
Master  in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics
Master  in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures
Master  in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies