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Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History
     

Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History

by Franco Moretti, Alberto Piazza
 

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ISBN-10: 1844671852

ISBN-13: 9781844671854

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Verso Books

In this groundbreaking book, Franco Moretti argues that literature scholars should stop reading books and start counting, graphing, and mapping them instead. In place of the traditionally selective literary canon of a few hundred texts, Moretti offers charts, maps and time lines, developing the idea of “distant reading” into a full-blown experiment in

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In this groundbreaking book, Franco Moretti argues that literature scholars should stop reading books and start counting, graphing, and mapping them instead. In place of the traditionally selective literary canon of a few hundred texts, Moretti offers charts, maps and time lines, developing the idea of “distant reading” into a full-blown experiment in literary historiography, in which the canon disappears into the larger literary system. Charting entire genres—the epistolary, the gothic, and the historical novel—as well as the literary output of countries such as Japan, Italy, Spain, and Nigeria, he shows how literary history looks significantly different from what is commonly supposed and how the concept of aesthetic form can be radically redefined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844671854
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
368,166
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.42(d)

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