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Courrèges, the Fashion System and Anti-Semiology
Courrèges, the fashion system and anti-semiology

The conclusion of Bourdieu's account of Flaubert's social situation was that Flaubert had taken refuge in constructing an ‘artist's life’ and had transposed his social perceptions into ‘art’. It was important for Bourdieu that we should not fall into the same trap in responding to Flaubert. Formalist responses to Flaubert's formalism had to be doubly sociologised-by recognising both the social circumstances in which the formalism was produced and also the social circumstances of the formalist mode of reception. Without this double sociological recognition, the literary formalism which was in origin pathological would be socially reproduced and the pathology sustained.1 Bourdieu admired so much, and quoted so often, A. Cassagne's La Théorie de l'art pour ...

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