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Signs Taken for Wonders: Essays in the Sociology of Literary Forms
Signs Taken for Wonders: Essays in the Sociology of Literary Forms

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Manufacturer: Verso
Publisher: Verso
Author(s): Franco Moretti

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Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780860919063
Edition: REV
ISBN: 0860919064
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Verso
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Verso
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 324
Publication Date: 1988-05-17
Publisher: Verso
Release Date: 1988-05-17
Studio: Verso
Editorial Review:
Shakespearean tragedy and Dracula, Sherlock Holmes and Ulysses, Frankenstei and The Waste Land—all are celebrated “wonders” of modern literature, whether in its mandarin or popular form. However, it is the fact that these texts are so central to our contemporary notion of literature that sometimes hinders our ability to understand them. Franco Moretti applies himself to this problem by drawing skillfully on structuralist, sociological and psycho-analytic modes of enquity in order to read these texts as literary systems which are tokens of wider cultural and political realities. In the process, Moretti offers us compelling accounts of various literary genres, explores the relationships between high and mass culture in this century, and considers the relevance of tragic, Romantic and Darwinian views of the world.
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