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Mapping the novel: Moretti and the re-making of literary history.

Franco Moretti, the Italian Marxist cultural critic, is at once considered one of the most original and most controversial figures in the field of cultural studies today. Over the past two decades, his work has remapped the history of the European novel and the literary field at large by championing "distant reading" over the close reading of texts. Through the extraction of patterns from a vast database of texts and other sources, Moretti's project heralds the controversial field, for literary critics in particular, of "the digital humanities." Through an analytical reading of Moretti's main works, this essay traces the development of his project and proposes some practical examples for its possible application.

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Title Annotation:Franco Moretti
Author:Mehrez, Sarnia
Publication:Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics
Article Type:Abstract
Date:Jan 1, 2014
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