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Bokbloggen i de litterära kretsloppen: En litteratursociologisk analys
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society, Media Production.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the position of book blogs in the literary system through Robert Escarpit's socio-literary model of the book market. Simultaneously the thesis serves as a test for Escarpit's theory: by actively applying his theory and model to a very new and contemporary actor on the book market I hoped to reach or confirm new insights into the usefulness and validity of Escarpit's work for contemporary socio-literary studies.

Three book blogs were selected for the analysis and interviews were carried out with the authors. The interview questions were formulated specifically for the purpose of extracting the kind of information necessary for an analysis using Escarpit‟s theory. As a complement to the interviews, statistics on the type of books reviewed on the blogs were also compiled. Together, both the interviews and the statistics led me to the conclusion that the book blogs could fairly easily be placed into the cultivated literary circuit in Escarpit's model; however there was also a possibility that the blogs could be a blockade-breaker in his model depending on certain factors.

Regarding Escarpit's theory as a whole, the analysis illuminated an important issue: Escarpit's model of the book market presupposes that literature has a certain societal value, however it appears that this presumption is problematic because literature's status in society has changed. At the same time it was also revealed that Escarpit's concept of closed "literary circuits" in which books circulate is still current and very applicable to today's book market. As a result I do not discount Escarpit's theory altogether, but rather endorse moving forward from Escarpit's original book market model to the Danish literary sociologist Hans Hertel's revised and further developed version of it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 37 p.
Keyword [sv]
blogg, litteratursociologi, förlag, bokhandel, bokbransch, Escarpit, Hertel
National Category
Media and Communications General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67535ISRN: LIU-ISAK/KSM-G -- 11/02 -- SEOAI: diva2:425899
Subject / course
Culture, Society and Media Production, C-level
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-29 Created: 2011-04-17 Last updated: 2011-06-29Bibliographically approved

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