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"Take "Faust," what is it? A 'tragedy', as its author states? A great philosophical tale? A collection of lyrical insights? Who can say. How about "Moby-Dick"? Encyclopedia, novel or romance? Or even a 'singular medley, ' as one anonymous 1851 review put it? ... 'It is no longer a novel, ' T.S. Eliot said of "Ulysses." But if not novels, then what are they?"
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Published March 1st 1996 by Verso (first published January 1st 1994)
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Moretti connects a particular breed of text – Ulysses, The Cantos, The Waste Land, among others – with the epic, and calls them Modern Epic. This is due to the many similarities these two genres share with each other, with the modern epic putting a distinct spin on some of the older tropes and techniques.

In an essay on the epic and the novel, Massimo Fusillo points toward Hegel’s assertion that not only the epic was the primeval literary form par excellence, but also that the novel was the “mod
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This is an impressive achievement, a critical work that manages to mingle a rigorous formalist analysis with historical depth and social context - and does it with difficult and massive oeuvres, like Faust, Ulysses and The Nibelung's Ring. It has some issues, though, especially on the last chapters, which read as a little inconclusive.
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Really clears the groundwork regarding the great mega novels of the 19th and 20th centuries, which represent the forced unity of a diverse capitalist and imperialist world system through its polyphonic and monologic tendencies. Stream of consciousness is a technique also divided in tendency and history. Similar historiographical arguments as Way of the World (long periods of inertia and rare explosions of innovation), his bildungsroman book, but this one is more compelling and better argued.
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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 ...more