Who is Franco Moretti?
Franco Moretti is an Italian literary scholar, trained as a Marxist critic, whose work focuses on the history of the novel as a "planetary form". He has written six books, Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World, Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel, 1800–1900, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History, Distant Reading. His recent work is notable for importing, not without controversy, quantitative methods from the social sciences into domains that have traditionally belonged to the humanities. To date, his books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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