Graphs maps trees abstract models for literary history 1 what follows is the first of three interconnected articles whose common purpose is to delineate a transformation in the study of literature literature the old territory but within it a shift from the close reading of individual texts to the construction of abstract models. While this book is too short to launch a revolution in itself it gives a provoking insight into franco morettis challenges to traditional literary history i have also found the book to be an important input into the sociology of literature and id recommend reading graphs maps trees to anyone interested in this field of study. Professor franco moretti argues heretically that literature scholars should stop reading books and start counting graphing and mapping them instead he insists that such a move could bring new luster to a tired field one that in some respects is among the most backwards disciplines in the academy literary study he argues has been random and unsystematic. Distant reading is a term coined by italian literary scholar franco moretti he strives to analyze literature by more scientific means in the opening pages of his book graph maps trees abstract models for a literary history he states that
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