This is Bourdieu's long-awaited study of Flaubert and the formation of the modern literary field, it is an important contribution to the study of the social and historical conditions of literary works.
Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the College de France.
Prologue: Flaubert, Analyst of Flaubert: A Reading of Sentimental Education. Part I: Three States of the Field. 1. The Conquest of Autonomy: The Critical Phase in the Emergence of the Field. 2. The Emergence of a Dualist Structure. 3. The Market for Symbolic Goods. Part II: Foundations of a Science of Works of Art. 4. Questions of Method. 5. The Author's Point of View: Some General Properties of Fields of Cultural Production. Part III: To Understand Understanding. . 6. The Historical Genesis of the Pure Aesthetic. 7. The Social Genesis of the Eye. 8. A Theory of Reading in Practice. Da Capo Illusion and the Illusio. . Postscript For a Corporatism of the Universal. Notes. Index of Names. Subject Index.