By Franco Moretti
An Atlas of the ecu Novel 1800-1900 explores the attention-grabbing connections among literature and area. during this pioneering research, Franco Moretti offers a clean and intriguing point of view at the ecu novel.In a sequence of 1 hundred maps, Moretti illuminates the geographical assumptions of nineteenth-century novels and the geographical succeed in of specific authors and genres around the continent. a very good map, he discovers, might be worthy 1000 phrases in posing new questions and permitting us to determine connections that experience to this point escaped us. interpreting his Atlas, we observe the key constitution of Dickens's and Conan Doyle's London, and spot how the fictitious settings of Austen's Britain, or picaresque Spain, or the France of the Comedie humaine think nationwide id in numerous methods. In a last bankruptcy on 'narrative markets', Moretti tells us which books have been hottest within the provincial libraries of Victorian Britain, and charts the ecu diffusion of Don Quixote, Buddenbrooks, and the good nineteenth-century bestsellers.
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And the style of nineteenth-century novels- informal, impersonal, 'common'- contributes to this centralization more than any other discourse. In this, too, the novel is truly the symbolic form of the nation-state. 26 Near the border, figurality goes up. Beyond the border, it subsides. Geography does indeed act upon style, in historicalñovels. And in other no veis? In other no veis, yes and no. Yes, because there too style changes according to space. But no, because it changes with space- not with 25 Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism, Cornell University Press, Ithaca 1983, p.
Figure p). 30. The three spaces of the European Bildungsroman village provinces young old unknown family five significant characters capital city school, trade, civil service law, politics, finance, literature, theater, art, journalism six characters fifteen characters The novel, the nation-state 65 lt is a new articulation of space, whose most significant elements are charted in figure 30. Age disparity, first of all: old people in the village, and young ones in the city. Asymmetry with a basis in reality, of course (urbanization is mostly for young people), and through which the Bildungsroman redefines the non-contemporaneity of European nation-states as a physiological fact -leaving behind the pathological tensions of historical novels.
33 Lost Illusions, at bottom, says it all: to the provinces the endless, heavy task of physically producing paper; to the capital, the privilege of covering those beautiful white sheets with fascinating ideas (and glittering nonsense ). The division of labor that only a great city can afford gives wings to the imagination, encouraging an inventiveness that affects even bourgeois careers, and finds its greatest expression in the passionate discussions of metropolitan youth: Wilhelm's analysis of Hamlet, Lucien's joumalism 'lessons', Heinrich's painterly strategies, Pendennis' political philosophy ...