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Graphs, Maps, Trees

Franco Moretti

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Title: Graphs, Maps, Trees
Author: Franco Moretti
Genre: Non-fiction
Written: 2005
Length: 113 pages
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  • Abstract Models for a Literary History
  • Originally published in the New Left Review
  • With an afterword by Alberto Piazza

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The NY Sun . 23/8/2005 Benjamin Lytal

  From the Reviews:
  • "At first glance intriguing, at second glance absurd, then seemingly pernicious, Mr. Moretti's diagrams are finally very interesting. (...) Mr. Moretti's graphs are convincing as contributions to the history of the book, but readers will wonder how a single text shrinks into a dot and dissolves into a line, while its value, as an instrument of reflection, remains perfectly amorphous." - Benjamin Lytal, The New York Sun

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Notes about the Reviews
and the Book's Reception

       Moretti's approach got a decent amount of press coverage and was certainly widely-discussed, though for all that there weren't all that many actual reviews.

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About the Editor:

       Franco Moretti teaches English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University.

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