Graphs Maps Trees Valve

by John Holbo on January 11, 2006

We’re staging a book event at the Valve. The book is Franco Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees, subtitled “abstract models for literary history”. That means: quantitative history, geography and evolutionary theory. It was originally available on the web as articles in the NLR, but no longer. But we’ve got free PDF’s of the chapters temporarily available. At the very least, I think you owe it to yourself to look at the neat graphs plotting the rise of the novel in Britain, Japan, Spain, Italy and Nigeria. (Those would be in “Graphs”.)



fjm 01.12.06 at 1:57 am

Thanks for the heads up. I read a review of this book yesterday and ordered it immediately. It sounds like bliss for those of us who think literature is to be read en masse.


coturnix 01.13.06 at 8:55 am

Magazine n+ has a good review of the book, too. And I have ordered it immediately after reading the review.

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