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Class 2 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business



1. "Close Reading"


What is close reading?

  • History of close reading ("New Criticism," "formalism")
  • What was close reading not?
  • What is close reading?
  • Operationally, how do you do close reading?


Some resources for studying "close reading"


2. Distant Reading


Franco Moretti


Background: Annales History

  • Moretti on Braudel (Graphs, Maps, Trees, p. 13)
  • Lynn Hunt, "French History in the Last Twenty Years: The Rise and Fall of the Annales Paradigm," Journal of Contemporary History, 21 (1986)
  • Fernand Braudel,
    • Extract from the Preface of The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1976)
    • Table of Contents from The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1976)
    • Extract from "History and the Social Sciences"
  • Moretti
    • Graphs, Maps, Trees, pp. 3-4
    • "Style, Inc. Reflections on Seven Thousand Titles (British Novels, 1740-1850)," pp. 134, 143 ff.


[What seems to you most interesting or productive in Moretti's approach?]



[What is most problematic?]



[What disappears from sight in our reading of literature?]



[What appears?]



[(Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees, p. 35) ("Style, Inc.," pp. 139, 152-53): Not "what is distant reading?" but "what does distant reading do"?]


3. Toward Future Classes


  • "model" (Moretti, 1)
  • visualization in Moretti


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