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"In the 10 linked essays in this collection, Moretti (Signs Taken for Wonders) — a literary historian and the director of Stanford University's Literary Lab — fearlessly, often gleefully, challenges entrenched conceptions about world cultures and arts. In 'Modern European Literature: A Geographical Sketch,' he disputes the notion of a literature that reflects 'a European ‘essence,' ' arguing instead that European literature comprises 'national (and regional) entities, clearly different, and often hostile to each other,' bound in a relationship of 'productive enmity.' In its companion piece, 'Conjectures on World Literature,' he similarly explodes the notion of a single contemporary literature that accommodates the writing of all nations, pointing out how the rise of the modern novel in non-Western countries often shows 'a compromise between a Western formal influence... and local materials' (i.e., the social context of the nation in question). Some of the essays are fancy packages for obvious insights, among them 'Planet Hollywood,' whose study of the popularity of American films in non-American markets will surprise no one with its revelation that action films cross national borders more easily than comedies, because the action films replace language and words with 'sheer noise' — 'explosions, crashes, gunshots, screams' — that all cultures understand. Regardless of whether readers agree with Moretti's conclusions, they will find that his application of economic theory, network theory, and evolutionary models to literature and culture shows these subjects from fresh and often provocative new perspectives. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The formation of an unorthodox literary critic

About the Author

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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ISBN:
9781781680841
Author:
Moretti, Franco
Publisher:
Verso
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the 10 linked essays in this collection, Moretti (Signs Taken for Wonders) — a literary historian and the director of Stanford University's Literary Lab — fearlessly, often gleefully, challenges entrenched conceptions about world cultures and arts. In 'Modern European Literature: A Geographical Sketch,' he disputes the notion of a literature that reflects 'a European ‘essence,' ' arguing instead that European literature comprises 'national (and regional) entities, clearly different, and often hostile to each other,' bound in a relationship of 'productive enmity.' In its companion piece, 'Conjectures on World Literature,' he similarly explodes the notion of a single contemporary literature that accommodates the writing of all nations, pointing out how the rise of the modern novel in non-Western countries often shows 'a compromise between a Western formal influence... and local materials' (i.e., the social context of the nation in question). Some of the essays are fancy packages for obvious insights, among them 'Planet Hollywood,' whose study of the popularity of American films in non-American markets will surprise no one with its revelation that action films cross national borders more easily than comedies, because the action films replace language and words with 'sheer noise' — 'explosions, crashes, gunshots, screams' — that all cultures understand. Regardless of whether readers agree with Moretti's conclusions, they will find that his application of economic theory, network theory, and evolutionary models to literature and culture shows these subjects from fresh and often provocative new perspectives. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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