Issues in the sociology of books, including children's books

lclib2121  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Issues in the sociology of books, including children's books
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h
Tilleuil Jean-Louis;
Main themes
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).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 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.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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).
Teaching methods
Ex-cathedra course, with case studies that presents the book as a vehicle of varied values and practices.
Evaluation methods
Assessment : oral exam.
Other information
Course materials : outline, booklet with set texts, and bibliography.
Une bibliographie sélective est communiquée aux étudiants.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General