Far Country

Far Country

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Pioneering literary theorist takes cultural history out of the classroom and into the world

A dazzling account of the development of American cultural hegemony from one of the world’s leading literary theorists. Franco Moretti, acclaimed author of Graphs, Maps, Trees and Distant Reading, distils a lifetime of teaching and research to present “the university, in the form of an essay”. Ranging from poetry and the novel to theatre and the visual arts, Far Country juxtaposes canonical figures in American art and letters with European counterparts—Whitman and Baudelaire, Hemingway and Joyce, Miller and Brecht, Hopper and Vermeer—charting ruptures in the medium of form that have transformed the cultural landscape on either side of the Atlantic over the past century.


  • Moretti’s body of work is one of genius … a breath of fresh air amid the incense

    McKenzie WarkLA Review of Books
  • A great iconoclast of literary criticism

    John SutherlandThe Guardian
  • One of the most daring and intellectually exciting books of the year

    Michael LindgrenWashington Post [for Distant Reading]