Signs Taken for Wonders: Essays in the Sociology of Literary Forms

Signs Taken for Wonders: Essays in the Sociology of Literary Forms

by Franco Moretti
     
 
Shakespearean tragedy and Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Ulysses, Frankenstei and The Waste Land—all are celebrated “wonders” of modern literature, whether in its mandarin or popular form. However, it is the fact that these texts are so central to our contemporary notion of literature that sometimes hinders our ability to

Overview

Shakespearean tragedy and Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Ulysses, Frankenstei and The Waste Land—all are celebrated “wonders” of modern literature, whether in its mandarin or popular form. However, it is the fact that these texts are so central to our contemporary notion of literature that sometimes hinders our ability to understand them. Franco Moretti applies himself to this problem by drawing skillfully on structuralist, sociological and psycho-analytic modes of enquity in order to read these texts as literary systems which are tokens of wider cultural and political realities. In the process, Moretti offers us compelling accounts of various literary genres, explores the relationships between high and mass culture in this century, and considers the relevance of tragic, Romantic and Darwinian views of the world.

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“A sheer intelligence animates the pages of Mr Moretti’s work.”—Edward Said

“Breathtaking ... Moretti’s radiant intelligence can catch you off guard.”—San Francisco Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841716
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
04/17/1997
Series:
Verso Classics Series, #11
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.92(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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