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i dont know much about this but i can tell you what i hav read in various books.sociology of literature is a branch of literary studies and it examines the relationship of works(literary) and their social contexts..these contexts can be kinds of audience modes of publication and dramatic presentation and of course the social status of both writer and the reader.origin of this can be found in 19th century france.important french works were of Mme de Stael and Hippolyte Taine and revived in English speaking world with the appearance of Raymond Williams's The Long Revolution(1961)..sociology of literature is often associated with marxist approaches..
in short we can say that it examines all the social aspects that we can find in a work or are associated with it.
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