Moretti explores the fascinating connections between literature and space, illuminating the geographical assumptions of 19th century novels and the geographical reach of particular authors and genres across the continent.
Introduction: Towards a geography of literature Ch. 1. The novel, the nation-state. 1. Home-land. 2. England and its double. 3. 'The recent losses in the West India estate'. 4. Geography of ideas. 5. Far from the center. 6. Theoretical interlude I. Of space and style. 7. Taking the high road. 8. 'A mighty big river, resembling an immense snake uncoiled'. 9. Village, provinces, metropolis. 10. Theoretical interlude II. Geography of plot Ch. 2. A tale of two cities. 1. The problem. 2. 'We live in so different a part of town ...'. 3. 'A mosaic of little worlds'. 4. Fear in Paris. 5. Theoretical interlude III. Stories of the Third. 6. Fields of power. 7. The third London. 8. Very Curiously Brought Together. 9. City of clues Ch. 3. Narrative markets, ca. 1850. 1. 'Experiments upon diagrams'. 2. Theoretical interlude IV. Normal literature. 3. England becomes an island. 4. A united and uneven market. 5. Theoretical interlude V. Center and periphery. 6. The three Europes ; 7. A bibliographical investigation. 8. 'A universal inter-dependence of nations'. 9. Theoretical interlude VI. Market and forms. 10. 'Sustained by its historical backwardness'
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