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Modern epic : the world-system from Goethe to García Márquez

Author: Franco Moretti
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Building a theory of the modern epic which has provided many of the "sacred texts" of Western literary culture, this work covers epics from "Faust" to "One Hundred Years of Solitude". The West's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; James Joyce; James Joyce; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; James Joyce; Gabriel García Márquez
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Franco Moretti
ISBN: 1859849342 9781859849347 1859840698 9781859840696
OCLC Number: 33281949
Language Note: Translation of: Opere mondo.
Description: xii, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Faust and the Nineteenth Century. 'I want a hero ... '. 'In the beginning was the Deed'. Literary evolution. I. Rhetoric of innocence. I. 'He sees visions of giant undertakings . . .'. An inherited form. Non-contemporaneity. I. 'So many little independent worlds'. World texts. I. 'An incredible musical pandemonium'. Polyphony in America. I. Polyphony in America. II. 'With all the certainty of a mechanical process'. Literary evolution. II. Allegory and modernity. I. 'You, I think, should know us all'. The sign run amok. Allegory and modernity. II. 'But infinite forms do not exist . . .'. Transition: The Nibelung's Ring. 'Drink first, hero, so that distant things don't escape you'. Monumental dilettantism. Twofold myth. Art of transition.
Other Titles: Opere mondo.
Responsibility: Franco Moretti ; translated by Quintin Hoare.
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