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In Praise of Literature

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In this new book Zygmunt Bauman and Riccardo Mazzeo examine the contentious issue of the relation between literature (and the arts in general) and sociology (or, more generally, a branch of the humanities claiming scientific status). While many commentators see literature and sociology as radically different vocations, Bauman and Mazzeo argue that they are bound together by a common purpose and a shared subject matter. Despite the many differences in terms of their methods and their ways of presenting their findings, novels and sociological texts are not at cross-purposes. Indeed, it is precisely their differences that make them at once indispensable to each other and mutually complementary.
 
The writers of novels and of sociological texts may explore their world from different perspectives, seeking and producing different types of 'data', but their products bear the unmistakable marks of their shared origin. They feed each other and depend on each other in terms of their agenda, their discoveries and the contents of their messages. In a world characterized by the continuous search for new sensations and the fetishism of consumption, they bring fundamental existential questions back to the public agenda. Literature and sociology reveal the truth of the human condition only when they stay in one another's company, remaining attentive to each other's findings and engaged in a continuous dialogue. For only together can they rise to the challenging task of untangling and laying bare the complex intertwining of biography and history as well as of individual and society that totality we are constantly shaping while being shaped by it.

List of contents

* Preface
* Chapter 1 ? The Two Sisters
* Chapter 2 ? Salvation Through Literature
* Chapter 3 ? The Pendulum and Calvino's Empty Centre
* Chapter 4 ? The Father Problem
* Chapter 5 ? Literature and the Interregnum
* Chapter 6 ? The Blog and the Disappearance of Mediators
* Chapter 7 ? Are We All Becoming Autistic?
* Chapter 8 ? Metaphors of the 21st Century
* Chapter 9 ? Risking Twitterature
* Chapter 10 ? Dry and Damp
* Chapter 11 ? The Retrenchment within 'Oneness'
* Chapter 12 ? Education, Literature, Sociology
* Notes
* Index

About the author

Zygmunt Bauman, geboren 1925 in Posen, lehrte ab 1954 Soziologie an der Universität Warschau. 1968 ging er nach Israel. 1971 erhielt Bauman einen Ruf auf den Lehrstuhl für Soziologie an der University of Leeds, den er bis 1990 inne hatte. Bauman erhielt 1989 den Amalfi-Preis, 1998 wurde er mit dem Theodor-W.-Adorno-Preis ausgezeichnet. Zygmunt Bauman ist einer der bedeutendsten Soziologen der Gegenwart.

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In this new book Zygmunt Bauman and Riccardo Mazzeo examine the contentious issue of the relation between literature (and the arts in general) and sociology (or, more generally, a branch of the humanities claiming scientific status).

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Authors Z Bauman, Zygmun Bauman, Zygmunt Bauman, Zygmunt (Universities of Leeds and Warsaw) Bauman, Zygmunt Mazzeo Bauman, Riccardo Mazzeo, Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher Polity Press
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 25.03.2016
 
EAN 9781509502691
ISBN 978-1-5095-0269-1
No. of pages 180
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies
Non-fiction book > Dictionaries, reference works > Foreign-language dictionaries

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