Franco Moretti


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December 26, 1950

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Franco Moretti is an Italian literary scholar, trained as a Marxist critic, whose work focuses on the history of the novel as a "planetary form". He has written five books, Signs Taken for Wonders (1983), The Way of the World (1987), Modern Epic (1995), Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900 (1998), and Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (2005). His recent work is notable for importing, not without controversy, quantitative methods from the social sciences into domains that have traditionally belonged to the humanities. To date, his books have been translated into fifteen languages.

Moretti has recently edited a five-volume encyclopedia of the novel, entitled Il Romanzo (2004), featuring articles by a wide range of e
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Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstra...

3.69 avg rating — 579 ratings — published 2005 — 10 editions
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Distant Reading

3.90 avg rating — 219 ratings — published 2005 — 16 editions
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Atlas of the European Novel...

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The Bourgeois: Between Hist...

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Signs Taken for Wonders: On...

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The Way of the World: The B...

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Modern Epic: The World Syst...

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The Novel, Volume 2: Forms ...

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Far Country: Scenes from Am...

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The Novel, Volume 1: Histor...

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The Novel, Volume 1: Histor... The Novel, Volume 2: Forms ... Il romanzo. Vol. III: Stori... Il romanzo. Vol. IV: Temi, ... Il romanzo. Vol. V: Lezioni
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“Reading ‘more’ is always a good thing, but not the solution.”
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading

“Literature is the fragment of fragments’, wrote Goethe in Wilhelm Meister’s Years of Wandering, the great sad novel of his old age:”
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading

“Literature is the fragment of fragments’, wrote Goethe in Wilhelm Meister’s Years of Wandering, the great sad novel of his old age: ‘the least part of all that ever happened and was spoken was written down, and of what was written only the least part has survived . . .’.”
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading

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