Franco Moretti

Franco Moretti teaches Literature at Stanford, where is the Director of the Literary Lab. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World and Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900, and Graphs, Maps, and Trees, as well as Chief Editor of The Novel.


  • New Left Review - Issue 92 out now

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  • New Left Review> Issue 91 out now!

    The January/February issue of New Left Review is now on sale, featuring the following essays:

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  • Franco Moretti wins National Book Critics Circle award

    Franco Moretti’s Distant Reading was awarded the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism last night at the New School. 

    Moretti's collection of essays presents an unorthodox approach to literary studies, and charts the two-decade long development of the pioneering literary critic's philosophy of “distant reading.” Taking aim the dominance of “close reading” in the field, Distant Reading demands a radical reconfiguration of how and what we read. 

    Books by Jonathan Franzen and Janet Malcolm were among others also nominated for the criticism award.

    The National Book Critics Circle awards celebrate the year's best writing in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. You can see the full list of winners at the National Books Critics Circle.