Should lit crit be an art or a science? asks Joshua Rothman

“The basic idea in Moretti’s work is that, if you really want to understand literature, you can’t just read a few books or poems over and over … Instead, you have to work with hundreds or even thousands of texts at a time. By turning those books into data, and analyzing that data, you can discover facts about literature in general—facts that are true not just about a small number of canonized works but about what the critic Margaret Cohen has called the ‘Great Unread.'”
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