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Interestingly, what I've heard about The Bourgeois makes it sound an awful lot like the "history of values" Moretti's talking about here. If that's the case, then I hope he sticks with it and sets aside the quantitative stuff.wrote:a history of rhetorical forms carried through to its logical conclusion will very probably lead to the dismemberment of the aesthetic field. And this dismemberment will no longer take the historicist form of bracketing off the technical peculiarities of works so as to fuse them into a generic 'Spirit of the Age'. Rather, it is precisely from the materiality of their form that criticism will derive the theoretical need to 'unfix' the histories of art and literature, and rewrite them as merely a component of a history of values, of the structure of thought in which these values are organized and of the institutions designed to promote them.
Indeed! Since I noticed you're reading Philosophy of Right, it should be remarked that Moretti is quite Hegelian in his approach. (He hasn't mentioned it yet, but I suspect "the way of the world" alludes to the section on "Virtue and the way of the world" in Phenomenology of Spirit.) In some respects he's simply following in the footsteps of Lukacs, but I appreciate his efforts to bring Hegel to bear on the Bildungsroman, especially because I'm currently making my slow way through Phenomenology for the first time.oneofmurphysbiscuits wrote:Hello Jeff,
I was about to draw your attention to the ...Hamlet..region.. and Information Overload threads. From my readings about him here the later works seems dull and problematical, but your enthusiasm for the earlier book is reason enough for me to have a look.
TLS' Ann Jefferson* thinks it should be shrugged off.JeffrytheCat wrote:It's a shame Barish's biography has turned out even worse than I'd expected. With the way these things tend to go, either there'll be a better biography in three years' time or nothing for at least a decade. Still, I know my lurid interest will compel me to read the damn thing.