An Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900

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In this pioneering study Franco Moretti presents a fresh and exciting perspective by mapping the often unexpected relations between literature and geography.

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Overview

In this pioneering study Franco Moretti presents a fresh and exciting perspective by mapping the often unexpected relations between literature and geography.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
Moretti . . . is a seductive, stylish guide. One has the powerful sense of reading the results of concentrated thought: every page contains an aphoristic insight . . . The reader is smuggled across borders that flash by in the dark. . . . The Atlas of the European Novel is a wonderful achievement: a visual pleasure as much as a textual one; a work in the vanguard of a new critical school that marries grand theory with a punctuating wit.— Steven Poole
New York Press
“A genuine and useful and inspired work of aesthetic investigation . . . it will have a massive importance, not only to critics, but more importantly, to writers.”
Washington City Paper
“. . . a frequently brilliant and almost always eye-opening book.”
London Review of Books
It's not often that one can speak of the charm of an academic book: Moretti's oozes it.— Christopher Prendergast
Umberto Eco
“With intellectual elegance, Moretti invites us to use maps, not as all-encompassing solutions, but as generators of ideas.”
Steven Poole - The Guardian
“Moretti . . . is a seductive, stylish guide. One has the powerful sense of reading the results of concentrated thought: every page contains an aphoristic insight . . . The reader is smuggled across borders that flash by in the dark. . . . The Atlas of the European Novel is a wonderful achievement: a visual pleasure as much as a textual one; a work in the vanguard of a new critical school that marries grand theory with a punctuating wit.”
Christopher Prendergast - London Review of Books
“It's not often that one can speak of the charm of an academic book: Moretti's oozes it.”
From the Publisher
“With intellectual elegance, Moretti invites us to use maps, not as all-encompassing solutions, but as generators of ideas.”—Umberto Eco

“Moretti ... is a seductive, stylish guide. One has the powerful sense of reading the results of concentrated thought: every page contains an aphoristic insight ... The reader is smuggled across borders that flash by in the dark ... The Atlas of the European Novel is a wonderful achievement: a visual pleasure as much as a textual one; a work in the vanguard of a new critical school that marries grand theory with a punctuating wit.”—Steven Poole, The Guardian

“A genuine and useful and inspired work of aesthetic investigation ... it will have a massive importance, not only to critics, but more importantly, to writers.”—New York Press

“. . . a frequently brilliant and almost always eye-opening book.”—Washington City Paper

Denis Donoghue
The aim of Atlas of the European Novel: 1800-1900 is to make explicit "the connection between geography and literature" and to turn the connection into maps, making it visible....I can only assume that the new visual aids are intrinsically gratrifying: there must be some pleasure in these traceries of plot. But I'd much prefer to read the books.
The New Republic
Denis Donoghue
The aim of [Atlas of the European Novel: 1800-1900] is to make explicit "the connection between geography and literature" and to turn the connection into maps, making it visible....I can only assume that the new visual aids are intrinsically gratrifying: there must be some pleasure in these traceries of plot. But I'd much prefer to read the books. -- The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842249
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,545,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Franco Moretti teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World and Modern Epic, all from Verso.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Towards a geography of literature 1
Ch. 1 The novel, the nation-state 11
1 Home-land 13
2 England and its double 18
3 'The recent losses in the West India estate' 24
4 Geography of ideas 29
5 Far from the center 33
6 Theoretical interlude I. Of space and style 40
7 Taking the high road 47
8 'A mighty big river, resembling an immense snake uncoiled' 58
9 Village, provinces, metropolis 64
10 Theoretical interlude II. Geography of plot 70
Ch. 2 A tale of two cities 75
1 The problem 77
2 'We live in so different a part of town ...' 79
3 'A mosaic of little worlds' 87
4 Fear in Paris 101
5 Theoretical interlude III. Stories of the Third 105
6 Fields of power 110
7 The third London 115
8 Very Curiously Brought Together 124
9 City of clues 134
Ch. 3 Narrative markets, ca. 1850 141
1 'Experiments upon diagrams' 144
2 Theoretical interlude IV. Normal literature 148
3 England becomes an island 151
4 A united and uneven market 158
5 Theoretical interlude V. Center and periphery 164
6 The three Europes 171
7 A bibliographical investigation 174
8 'A universal inter-dependence of nations' 185
9 Theoretical interlude VI. Market and forms 191
10 'Sustained by its historical backwardness' 195
Index of names and works 199
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