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Christopher D’Addario

prevalent. In the first part of his essay, Robertson applies the methods of Franco Moretti’s ‘distant reading’ in support of his contention that Parliament’s 1643 ordinance, on the whole, successfully restricted the London press’s output when it came into effect that June. In the context of this increased control of the press, Robertson then traces the battles waged in print and in courtroom trials (accounts of which were, of course, then printed) over the liberties, or lack thereof, enjoyed by authors and publishers during this tumultuous decade. Whereas traditional

in Texts and readers in the Age of Marvell
Vijay Mishra

consumed literary discourses under colonialism even in America. It follows that the Gothic quickly became part of a world-literary system along the lines theorised by Franco Moretti ( 2011 ) and as such, elsewhere, outside of Europe, it entered into a compromise with local literary conventions and forms of representation. One such compromise was the Indian compromise. The question

in The Gothic and death
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An economic theory of the ghost story
Andrew Smith

by internal power shifts, echoes a concern with a reverse colonialism that is most clearly exemplified in Dracula’s (1897) account of an Eastern European (largely Jewish) invasion of modern Britain. 17 It is difficult to isolate social, racial, and national prejudices from debates about the ownership of the economic system. Franco Moretti claims that Stoker’s Count (a demonstrably

in The ghost story, 1840–1920
Rachel E. Hile

target literature)” (“Laws,” 54). Not surprisingly, given the terminology of the definition, to date these ideas about literary interference have been explored primarily with reference to inter-cultural transfer and influence, such as conceptualizing, for example, the impact that a hegemonic culture can have on the cultural productions of a less powerful culture, as in comparatists’ recent discussions of the disproportionate influence of the English-language literary system on the literary systems of other nations and peoples (e.g., Moretti, “Conjectures”; and Moretti

in Spenserian satire
Vincent Quinn

fulfilled. Tell them that they are more than just data on a league table. Give them power through language. Trust them to use it. Notes 1 One might also ask if there is anything wrong with reading something in order to ‘get the news’ from it. In a post-truth era, getting ‘the news’ might itself be a matter of life and death. 2 For an illuminating take on the ‘closeness’ of close reading, see Armstrong 1995 , which is a response to Barrell 1988 ; I take this subject up myself in chapter 5’s discussion of ‘loose’ reading. Franco Moretti’s

in Reading
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Rethinking closure in the Victorian novel
Vybarr Cregan-Reid

undertaking would only be possible with an army of researchers, perhaps utilising the statistical methodology of Franco Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees.10 Selection is necessary, so it is the novels that are most demonstrative of particular types of closure, rather than ones that use biblical iconography or geological metaphor, that are included. Moreover, the novel is such a fertile form that it is not feasible to assert that narrative fiction changed direction in this period. Nonetheless, the novels selected show that these new forms were not hidden away in experimental

in Discovering Gilgamesh
The popular novel in France
Diana Holmes

romances of Maryan, it is possible to draw some general conclusions about the kinds of narrative that drew large readerships. If ‘high’ literature is characterised by a self-conscious will to seek new forms, to question and reinvent the relationship between language and experience, popular literature seeks to provide reliable pleasures, both cognitive and affective, and thus observes the norms established by previous successes even as it plays new variations on existing themes and narrative chords. As Franco Moretti suggests, the history of popular literature is closer

in Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture
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Carolyn Steedman

Poems, p. 201. 32 Carolyn Steedman, ‘The Poetry of It (Writing History)’, Angelika Bammer and RuthEllen Joeres (eds), The Future of Scholarly Writing. Critical Interventions, Palgrave Macmillan, New York NY, 2015, pp. 215–226. 33 ‘Historical thought was an essential element of almost every poem Auden wrote in 1955’. Edward Mendelson, Later Auden, Faber and Faber, London, 1999, pp. 390–392. 34 The most succinct and resonant account of these processes, of heart and mind and writing, remains Franco Moretti’s Way of the World. The Bildungsroman in European Culture

in Poetry for historians
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Sam George and Bill Hughes

his subordinate position as a petty bourgeois professional, but it initiated a long line of haughty aristocratic bloodsuckers, tinged with ancient and decadent grandeur. 24 Though in Polidori and Varney and Le Fanu, the vampire crosses from the villages of Middle Europe to be invited in over the threshold of the polite drawing room, in Stoker’s Dracula he truly enters modern urban life. 25 Confusingly, as Moretti

in Open Graves, Open Minds
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The economics of salvation in Dracula and the Twilight Saga
Jennifer H Williams

famously describes in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism : a faith that would regard Carlisle’s good deeds in the world as indirect evidence of an otherworldly election’ (pp. 74–5). For a contrasting account of vampires and the Protestant work ethic, see Franco Moretti’s ‘A Capital Dracula ’, pp. 90–104. 16

in Open Graves, Open Minds