Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900

Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900

By (author) Franco Moretti


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In a series of one hundred maps, Franco Moretti explores the fictionalization of geography in the nineteenth-century novel. Balzac's Paris, Dickens's London and Scott's Scottish Lowlands are mapped, alongside the territories of Spanish picaresque novels, African colonial romances and Russian novels of ideas, in a path-breaking study which suggests that space may well be the secret protagonist of cultural history.

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 205.74 x 2.54mm | 294.83g
  • 17 Sep 1999
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 100 b&w maps
  • 1859842240
  • 9781859842249
  • 187,005

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Author Information

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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Review quote

"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 puncturing wit." - Steven Poole, Guardian "It is not often that one can speak of the charm of an academic book: Moretti's oozes it." - Christopher Prendergast, London Review of Books

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Review text

Creating a new field of literary geography, Moretti charts unexpected patterns in familiar works, and draws a number of epigrammatic insights from it. In 100 black-and-white maps and diagrams he shows the sources of wealth in English novels and where the villains came from; he dots a map of Paris with symbols showing the desires and daydreams of Balzac's characters and explains Dickens's achievement in linking the worlds represented by East London and the West End; he traces journeys in picaresque novels of Spain and in the German Bildungsroman. He also goes on to make some points about the effects of translation on the development of the novel form. Despite the title, this is not an atlas but a work of literary theory - and it does presuppose that you are quite well read, but we know you are. (Kirkus UK)

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