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Graphs, Maps, Trees by Franco Moretti
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Jan 08, 10

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References to Moretti's discourse on the visualization and analysis of bulk knowledge regarding literary history have become more and more pervasive in the academic region known as the Digital Humanities. For good reason: Moretti's bold vision of literary research using spatial and statistical analytical methods bears fruit in several case studies throughout the work, both in following long-term trends, such as the popularity of the novel in various countries, as well as focused spatio-conceptual mapping of worlds presented within novels and series of novels. His distant reading technique has drawn the ire of established, close-reading academics, but his theoretical considerations are both far-reaching and ever more attractive to a wide body of humanities researchers using digital methods.
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