Towards a Sociology of the Novel has 19 ratings and 2 reviews. Ali said: این کتاب ارزشمند را با ترجمه ی زنده یاد محمد پوینده دیده ام. کاری پر ارزش که به. Towards a Sociology of the Novel. Front Cover. Lucien Goldmann. Routledge Introduction to a Structural Study of Malrauxs Novels. The Nouveau Roman. Towards a sociology of the novel. Front Cover. Lucien Goldmann. Tavistock Introduction to a Structural Study of Malrauxs Novels. The Nouveau Roman.

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The main contents and work of the book is in connecting Marxist cultural economics to the forms and values of the novel. The novel is a social product, and is thus shaped by social and cultural forces. Because the modern period is heavily influenced by capitalism, the values of capitalism are ingrained in modern works.

Goldmann is specifically interested in how these values appear and are expressed within the gooldmann, and this is done through analysis of character, individual values, morality, and other such concepts that appear in fiction. The study consists of both general claims as well as specific ones.

The point of this section is to illustrate a homology between structure in classical novel and the structure of exchange in market economics. To do this, Goldmann begins by explaining theories of how the novel is a social product, and is shaped by the values of its culture.

He builds from Lukacs and Girard, in identifying the basic structures of sociologj novel. The central feature of this is that the novel is a search.

It is a search of a degraded hero for authentic values in a degraded world. The concept of degradation is important, and involves a degree of falseness.

The authentic values being sought are implicit within the text, they are not explicitly specified, but they are intrinsic to the social system of which the novel is a product. The hero is problematic, in searching for these authentic values within the degraded world.


However, both the socio,ogy and the world are degraded, which leads to a complexity. Goldmann explains this as a typology, which is borrowed from Lukacs: In the novel, the relationship between the writer and the world is different from other literary forms, because the novel is both a biography and social chronicle.

This relationship between the writer and the world is what Girard calls humor and Lukacs calls irony. At this point, the influences of Lukacs and Girard diverge: Girard finds the humor problematic, while Lukacs is permissive of it. This introduces the need for luxien For this, a true sociological analysis is necessary. Goldman relates novelistic problems to those of value in production, in classic Marxist analysis:.

There is a rigorous homology between the literary form of the novel, as I have defined it with the help of Lukacs and Girard, and the everyday relation between man and commodities in general, and by extension goldmznn men and other men, in a market society. This involves the relationship between use values and exchange values.

This also relates to the idea of relationships between problematic individuals and degraded values. Thus, the study of the sociology of the novel is not a study of the collective conscious, but rather, an unconscious.

Towards a Sociology of the Novel

This study reveals values and meanings that are internalized and ordinarily invisible. They emerge and are placed within artifacts such as the novel without express intentions, but are inevitable and automatic. It is interesting at this point to take a step back and compare the sociology of the novel as described by Goldmann to a possible sociology of the video game that might be applied to modern day games.


Games are an interesting target to apply this analysis, because they are already made of rules. I think it would be interesting to consider the expressions and conventions of games within this sphere of criticism. There is an interesting point of comparison as well, between the spheres of the idealistic hero, who is too simple for the complex world, and the psychological hero, who is too complex for the simple world, and the relationship between the player, the avatar, and the range of actions and expression.

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Very often, players get frustrated with the limited capacities for the responses or actions that they may take within game worlds. The Return of the Real — April 6, 6: RSS feed for comments on this post.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Posts on this page:. Towards a Sociology of the Novel [ Readings ] There is a very good paragraph in the preface, which explains what his intentions are: Goldman relates novelistic problems to those of value in production, in classic Marxist analysis: Marxist literary sociology has the potential to offer a few ideas, summaraized here: The relationship between collective ideology and creations is not in identity of content, but in a homology of structures.

A world view cannot be created by a single individual, but must be created by a group. The individual can only transpose this view on the realm of the imaginary. Collective consciousness is not a reality, but is expressed implicitly in the behavior of individuals. Google ScholarGoogle BooksAmazon.