Distant Reading

Distant Reading

by Franco Moretti

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Distant Reading by Franco Moretti

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 

How does a literary historian end up thinking in terms of z-scores, principal component analysis, and clustering coefficients? The essays in Distant Reading led to a new and often contested paradigm of literary analysis. In presenting them here Franco Moretti reconstructs his intellectual trajectory, the theoretical influences over his work, and explores the polemics that have often developed around his positions.

From the evolutionary model of “Modern European Literature,” through the geo-cultural insights of “Conjectures of World Literature” and “Planet Hollywood,” to the quantitative findings of “Style, inc.” and the abstract patterns of “Network Theory, Plot Analysis,” the book follows two decades of conceptual development, organizing them around the metaphor of “distant reading,” that has come to define—well beyond the wildest expectations of its author—a growing field of unorthodox literary studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781680841
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 551,610
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Modern European Literature: A Geographical Sketch 1

Conjectures on World Literature 43

The Slaughterhouse of Literature 63

Planet Hollywood 91

More Conjectures 107

Evolution, World-Systems, Weltliteratur 121

The End of the Beginning: A Reply to Christopher Prendergast 137

The Novel: History and Theory 159

Style, Inc.: Reflections on 7,000 Titles (British Novels, 1740-1850) 179

Network Theory, Plot Analysis 211

Index 241

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