File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1998/bourdieu.9806, message 10

Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 10:36:12 +0100
Subject: Re: An interart field?

Dear Tim,

Most interesting, the questions you ask. I would say very briefly:
1. what you call "Victorian ideology", i.e. ways of thinking common to this
period (or probably rather to dominant social groups in this period), can
be analyzed as what Bourdieu calls "cognitive dispositions", "mental
structures" or "categories of classification" and all the other things
Bourdieu calls this sort of intellectual part of the habitus. These mental
structures being internalized through (socially and historically variable)
socialisation and (socially etc.) education, they are likely to be common
to painters and novelists in the period, especially if they have comparable
social backgrounds. Their expression through the medium of the space of
possibles of their different genres may however be different. Also, there
is no reason to abandon the word ideology as a concept designating more
explicit bodies of ideas which would be common to both the artistic and
literary field.
2. It may indeed be - who knows? - that a sort of unified field of artistic
or art production in which painting and literature could compete may have
existed in Victorian England, although the lack of a word to designate it
(sorry if I am mistaken) makes it seem doubtful.

best wishes
Carsten Sestoft



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