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Literature in the Dawn of Sociological Theory
Stories that are Telling
- Literature in the Dawn of Sociological Theory: Stories that are Telling focuses on a selection of novelists from the early 1800s to the early 1900s and their contribution to the sociological imagination. Building on the aesthetic, sociological, and literary theories of Theodor Adorno, Gyoergy Lukacs, Fredric Jameson, Raymond Williams, Wolf Lepenies, Franco Moretti, Lucien Goldmann, John Orr, and others, the main chapters discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The concluding chapter reflects on the dawn of the modern era, especially the birth of capitalism and the plague crisis in Boccaccio's Florence, as described in The Decameron. Throughout the text, the author considers these "stories that are telling" in light of social issues today. Sarah Louise MacMillen presents a case for highlighting the insight of the authors of the past, wherein these "fictional" accounts anticipate some of our contemporary social problems and conflicts. These include the environmental crisis, globalization, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, "cancel culture," debates about gender non-conformity, secularization, the call for solidarity in shifting patterns of social existence, and rebuilding society post-COVID.
- Sarah Louise MacMillen is associate professor of sociology and director of the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Minor Program at Duquesne University.
- Table of Contents Acknowledgments Chapter One: Introduction-Literature in the Dawn of Sociological Theory Chapter Two: New England Shadows: Hawthorne, Faust, and the American Spiritual Character Chapter Three: Moby-Dick as Modern Epic: "Symphony" in a Broken Ontology Chapter Four: Literary Metanoia and the Sociological Imagination in Joseph Conrad: Colonialism and Western Idealism Chapter Five: Women and Men: the Tragicomic Chapter Six: Suspending Modernity: Gender and History in Virginia Woolf's Orlando Chapter Seven: The Absurd Christian and the Sociological Imagination of Dostoevsky Chapter Eight: Conclusion-Stories in the Dawn of Capitalism: Crisis and Narrative in Boccaccio's Decameron Bibliography
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