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The Relationship of Literature and Society
Milton C. Albrecht
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 59, No. 5 (Mar., 1954), pp. 425-436
Published by: The University of Chicago Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2772244
Page Count: 12
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In most theories of the relationship of literature and society reflection, influence, and social control are implied. Literature is interpreted as reflecting norms and values, as revealing the ethos of culture, the processes of class struggle, and certain types of social "facts." "Influence" is not strickly the reverse of reflection, since social stability and cultural ideals are involved. Social control, however, articulates closely with one version of reflection, though to a limited extent in complex, dynamic societies.
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