Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Modern Epic: The World System from Goethe to Garcia Marquez

Modern Epic: The World System from Goethe to Garcia Marquez (Paperback)

£17.99
To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

"Take Faust, what is it? A 'tragedy,' as its author states? A great philosophical tale? A collection of lyrical insights? Who can say. How about Moby-Dick? Encyclopedia, novel or romance? Or even a 'singular medley,' as one anonymous 1851 review put it? . "It is no longer a novel," T.S. Eliot said of Ulysses. But if not novels, then what are they?" Literary history has long been puzzled by how to classify and treat these aesthetic monuments. In this highly original and interdisciplinary work, Franco Moretti builds a theory of the modern epic - a sort of super-genre that has provided many of the "sacred texts" of Western literary culture. He provides a taxonomy capable of accommodating Faust, Moby-Dick, The Nibelung's Ring, Ulysses, The Cantos, The Waste Land, The Man Without Qualities and One Hundred Years of Solitude. For Moretti the significance of the modern epic reaches well beyond the aesthetic sphere: the modern epic is the form that represents the European domination of the planet and establishes a solid consent around it.

Political ambition and formal inventiveness are here continuously entwined, as the representation of the world-system stimulates the technical breakthroughs of polyphony, reverie and Leitmotiv; of the stream of consciousness, collage and complexity. Opening with an analysis of Goethe's Faust and the different historical roles of epic and the novel, Moretti moves through a discussion of Wagner's Ring and on to a sociology of modernist technique. He ends with a fascinating interpretation of magical realism as a compromise formation between a number of modernist devices and the return of narrative interest, and suggests that the West's enthusiastic reception of these texts (and of One Hundred Years of Solitude in particular) constitutes a ritual self-absolution for centuries of colonialism.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theory Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 01/03/1996 ISBN-13: 9781859840696  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.  

Franco Moretti teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders and The Way of the World.

More books by Franco Moretti

More books by Quintin Hoare

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Shakespeare and Cultural Materialist...
(Hardback)
Christopher Marlow
 
 
£65.00
 
The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare...
(Hardback)
Andrew Hiscock; Lina Perkins Wilder
 
 
£165.00
 
Latest Blog
ZED Books: The role of the independent publisher in a content-obsessed world
18/08/2017

Indie publisher ZED Books have a radical approach to their books and their company structure. Here, they talk to us about the role independent publishers can play in a world of ever expanding (and less than reliable) information sources.

Blog - J R Wallis on Monsters as Metaphors
16/08/2017

J R Wallis questions the conventional view of monsters as metaphors for the worries we have about the state of the world around us.

#FoylesFive: Creative Women
14/08/2017

Meg from the Web Team tells us why she loves to learn about creative, dynamic women.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd