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

Anna Kornbluh


What does literature build, and what can critics build with it? This book proposes a new theory of the novel as social model and suggests a more constructive literary criticism that appreciates literature’s resources for producing relations off the page. Taking up the case of realism, the mode that has perennially centered debates about the politics of aesthetics, the book argues for reading realism formalistically, as a model of social space. This notion of modeling is anchored in two sources, one somewhat expected, and the other much less so: the abundant architectural metaphors in theories ... More

Keywords: realism, formalism, social space, mathematics, abstraction, model, Marxism, psychoanalysis, the novel, architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226653204
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226653488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Kornbluh, author
University of Illinois at Chicago