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Graphs, Maps, Trees Abstract Models for Literary History

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ISBN-10: 1844671852

ISBN-13: 9781844671854

Edition: 2007

Authors: Franco Moretti, Alberto Piazza

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The 'great iconoclast of literary criticism' 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…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.52" wide x 8.25" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.352