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Die Sozioanalyse literarischer Texte als Methode der qualitativen Sozialforschung oder: welche Wirklichkeit enthält Fiktion?

The socio-analysis of literary texts as a method of qualitative social research or: what is the reality in fiction?
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Abstract "With his 1,200+ page study of Robert Musil's novel "The Man Without Qualities", Norbert Christian Wolf has produced a book which many may assume is "unreadable" on account of its enormous size alone. As a work of literary studies, it certainly runs the risk of being largely ignored by the social sciences. From a methodological perspective, however, there are good reasons to engage with this book: not only does it contain a concise theoretical substantiation and methodological description of the socio-analysis of literary texts according to Pierre Bourdieu, it also demonstrates this method in detail on the corpus of the fictional characters in Musil's novel. In terms of literary studies, Wolf's book can therefore be viewed as a kind of encyclopedia for Musil's work; sociologically, it represents a nuanced socio-analysis of the "history of the calamities of the 20th century". Before looking at the methodological and methodical aspects of Wolf's study, this review essay presents some introductory thoughts on the use of literary works in the social sciences as well as a few cursory references to selected works which introduce or make use of this method themselves." (author's abstract)
Keywords sociology; literature (discipline); analysis; literature; Bourdieu, P.; twentieth century
Classification Science of Literature, Linguistics; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language German
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 323-350
Journal Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 1
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works