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Evolutions in the literary field : the co-constitutive forces of institutions, cognitions, and networks

Entwicklungen im literarischen Feld : das Zusammenwirken von Institutionen, Kognitionen und Netzwerken
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Childress, C. Clayton

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Abstract "Using the case-study of Odyssey Editions, an e-book publishing imprint created by literary agent Andrew Wylie, this work examines recent developments in the U.S. literary field. In lieu of a technologically deterministic focus on the effects of digital transitions within the book industry, the evolution of relations within the field's interdependent network structure, shifts in cognitive approaches to tasks and roles, and fieldwide institutional orientations toward 'blockbuster' texts and 'brand-name' authors are highlighted. These three co-constitutive forces have created structural holes within the literary field that entrepreneurial players such as Wylie have worked to fill." (author's abstract)
Keywords Bourdieu, P.; book; production; field theory; literature; United States of America; digitalization; network; institutional factors; culture; branding policy; theory; gatekeeper; enterprise; evolution; historical development; market; author; cognition; publishing house; North America
Classification Sociology of Economics; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Science of Literature, Linguistics
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; historical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 115-135
Journal Historical Social Research, 36 (2011) 3
Issue topic Change of markets and market societies: Concepts and case studies / Wandel von Märkten und Marktgesellschaften: Konzepte und Fallstudien
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works