The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature (Paperback)Franco Moretti (author)
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Thus begins Franco Moretti's study of the bourgeois in modern European literature-a major new analysis of the once-dominant culture and its literary decline and fall. Moretti's gallery of individual portraits is entwined with the analysis of specific keywords-"useful" and "earnest," "efficiency," "influence," "comfort," "roba"-and of the formal mutations of the medium of prose. From the "working master" of the opening chapter, through the seriousness of nineteenth-century novels, the conservative hegemony of Victorian Britain, the "national malformations" of the Southern and Eastern periphery, and the radical self-critique of Ibsen's twelve-play cycle, the book charts the vicissitudes of bourgeois culture, exploring the causes for its historical weakness, and for its current irrelevance.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 209 x 139 x 17 mm
It's a rare literary critic who attracts so much public attention, and there's a good reason: few are as hellbent on rethinking the way we talk about literature. * Times Literary Supplement *
Moretti, a mythopoeic figure, generates around himself a dense network of folklore and apocrypha. * n+1 *
Moretti is already famous in bookish circles for his data-centric approach to novels, which he graphs, maps, and charts ... if his new methods catch on, they could change the way we look at literary history. * Wired *
Distant reading might prove to be a powerful tool for studying literature. * New York Times *
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