CORRESPONDÊNCIA, ANÁLISE DAS REDES SOCIAIS E NEGOCIAÇÃO DO CAPITAL: O HABITUS DAS MULHERES NAS CARTAS DE DOIS POETAS ESCOCESES

Translated title of the contribution: CORRESPONDENCE, SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS AND THE NEGOTIATION OF CAPITAL: THE HABITUS OF FEMALES IN THE LETTERS OF TWO SCOTTISH POETS

Li Li, Yuan Tian

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Abstract

This article combines quantitative social network analysis of two literary networks with a qualitative analysis of selected letters in order to characterise the changing habitus of females in the Scottish literary scene between two generations. The study focuses on the correspondence of two key Scottish poets of the 20th century, 'Hugh MacDiarmid' and Edwin Morgan. A social network analysis identifies the correspondents with whom each had strong and weak ties. A close reading reveals how the habitus of female correspondents was constituted by means of negotiations regarding economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital, in Pierre Bourdieu's terms. The letters of the two poets reveal a shift in the role of females in such negotiations. MacDiarmid negotiates economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital in his letters to female correspondents, whereas Morgan focuses more on cultural and symbolic capital. While this difference may well reflect the different social circumstances of each poet, Morgan's letters also show females in a wider range of social roles engaging in the negotiation of cultural and symbolic capital. The analysis suggests a marked shift in the assumptions about the status and roles of females in the cultural community in the early and late 20th century.

Translated title of the contributionCORRESPONDENCE, SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS AND THE NEGOTIATION OF CAPITAL: THE HABITUS OF FEMALES IN THE LETTERS OF TWO SCOTTISH POETS
Original languagePortuguese (Brazil)
Pages (from-to)121-140
Number of pages20
JournalDiacritica
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Edwin Morgan
  • Female correspondents
  • Habitus
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Social networks

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