Far Country

Scenes from American Culture by Franco Moretti

  • Published: Sep 15, 2020

The influential and controversial critic takes literary history out of the classroom and into the public In the field of literary history and theory, Franco Moretti is synonymous with innovation. The cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, he brought... read more

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Details of Far Country

Exact title of the book
Far Country
Book author
Franco Moretti
ISBN
9780374718077
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 19, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
144
File size (in PDF)
1296 kB

Some brief overview of book

The influential and controversial critic takes literary history out of the classroom and into the public In the field of literary history and theory, Franco Moretti is synonymous with innovation. The cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, he brought quantitative methods into the study of the novel, enabling a "distant" reading that uses computation to analyze literary production over centuries. But at the same time, he was also teaching undergraduates the history of literature.

Knowing Moretti, its no surprise that he didnt teach the course the accepted way one author after another, in a long uninterrupted chain. Instead, he put an irregular chessboard in front of his students that was too strange to be taken for granted. Literary history had become a problem, and he offered a solution.

In Far Country, Moretti take these lectures out of the classroom and lets us share in the passion and excitement that comes from radical critique. Unconstrained by genre, Moretti juxtaposes Whitman and Baudelaire, the Western and film noir, even Rembrandt and Warhol, illuminating each through their opposition. With his guidance, we revel in the process of transformationthe earthquakes that shook the "how" of artistic formand begin to shape a new view on American culture.

Bracing in its insight and provocative in its conclusions, Far Country is a critical look at the development of American cultural hegemony.

About author

Moretti is the author of many books, including Graphs, Maps, Trees; The Bourgeois; and Distant Reading, winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is professor emeritus at Stanford, where he founded the Center for the Study of the Novel and the Literary Lab; writes regularly for New Left Review; and is a Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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