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    DescriptionThe 'great iconoclast of literary criticism' ("Guardian") reinvents the study of the novel. Franco Moretti argues heretically that literature scholars should stop reading books and start counting, graphing, and mapping them instead. He insists that such a move could bring new lustre to a tired field, one that in some respects is among "the most backwards disciplines in the academy." Literary study, he argues, has been random and unsystematic. For any given period, scholars focus on a select group of a mere few hundred texts: the canon. As a result, they have allowed a narrow distorting slice of history to pass for the total picture. Moretti offers bar charts, maps, and time lines instead, developing the idea of "distant reading" into a full-blown experiment in literary historiography, where 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.

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    Graphs, Maps, Trees
    Abstract Models for a Literary History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Franco Moretti
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 124
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 154 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844671854
    ISBN 10: 1844671852

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    DC22: 809
    LC classification: P
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BIC subject category V2: PBWH
    Abridged Dewey: 401
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 88
    B&T Approval Code: A23150000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT006000
    Thema V1.0: DSA
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    30 September 2007
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    Author Information
    Franco Moretti teaches Literature at Stanford University and taught previously at Colombia University. He is the author, most recently, of An Atlas of the European Novel, and the editor of II Romanzo (translated into English a The Novel).
    Review quote
    "Mr. Moretti makes his most forceful case yet for his approach, a heretical blend of quantitative history, geography, and evolutionary theory." - New York Times "Moretti's discourse, as has often been noted, is marked by the same subtlety and unpredictability as his fellow Italian, Umberto Eco." - Guardian "It's a rare literary critic who attracts so much public attention, and there's a good reason: few are as hell-bent on rethinking the way we talk about literature." - Times Literary Supplement"