Distant Reading

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Verso Books, Jun 4, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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The formation of an unorthodox literary critic

How does a literary historian end up thinking in terms of z-scores, principal component analysis, and clustering coefficient?

In the ten essays collected in this volume, Franco Moretti reconstructs the intellectual trajectory of his philosophy of ‘distant reading’. From the evolutionary model of ‘Modern European Literature’, through the geo-cultural dominant of ‘Conjectures on 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 critical explorations that have come to define – well beyond the wildest expectations of its author – a growing field of unorthodox literary studies.

 

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Contents

A Geographical Sketch
5
Conjectures on World Literature
43
The Slaughterhouse ofLiterature
63
Planet Hollywood
91
More Conjectures
107
Evolution WorldSystems Weltlzteratur
121
A Reply
137
History and Theory
159
Reflections on 7000 Titles
179
Network Theory Plot Analysis
211
Index
241
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Franco Moretti teaches literature at Stanford, where he directs the Literary Lab. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World, Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel 1800–1900, and Graphs, Maps, Trees as well as chief editor of The Novel.

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