9780226653341-022665334X-The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space

The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space

ISBN-13: 9780226653341
ISBN-10: 022665334X
Edition: First
Author: Kornbluh, Anna
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226653341
ISBN-10: 022665334X
Edition: First
Author: Kornbluh, Anna
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kornbluh, Anna wrote The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space comprising 240 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 022665334X and 9780226653341. Since then The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 3.98 or rent at the marketplace.

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In literary studies today, debates about the purpose of literary criticism and about the place of formalism within it continue to simmer across periods and approaches. Anna Kornbluh contributes to—and substantially shifts—that conversation in The Order of Forms by offering an exciting new category, political formalism, which she articulates through the co-emergence of aesthetic and mathematical formalisms in the nineteenth century. Within this framework, criticism can be understood as more affirmative and constructive, articulating commitments to aesthetic expression and social collectivity.

Kornbluh offers a powerful argument that political formalism, by valuing forms of sociability like the city and the state in and of themselves, provides a better understanding of literary form and its political possibilities than approaches that view form as a constraint. To make this argument, she takes up the case of literary realism, showing how novels by Dickens, Brontë, Hardy, and Carroll engage mathematical formalism as part of their political imagining. Realism, she shows, is best understood as an exercise in social modeling—more like formalist mathematics than social documentation. By modeling society, the realist novel focuses on what it considers the most elementary features of social relations and generates unique political insights. Proposing both this new theory of realism and the idea of political formalism, this inspired, eye-opening book will have far-reaching implications in literary studies.

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