“Literature, infographic” published by CNRS.

But the approach proposed by Alexandre Gefen and Guillemette Crozet has the merit of being original, spectacular, and all the more didactic because we are not accustomed to seeing the solution of these issues in a visual and colorful explosion of curves, graphs, friezes, numbered fans and scatter patches.

Eighty Seconds This Morning is about Literature, an infographic that combines graphic design and literary theory.

One example of this literary “data visualization”: the number of characters in novels that reached full bloom in the 19th century is almost … 3000 in Eugene Sue’s Les Les Misérables, 438 in Hugo’s Les Misérables, an essentially male phenomenon, a writer like George Sand, publishing novels with 15 to 30 characters. You will also learn that Proust, contrary to popular belief, wrote ever shorter sentences throughout the Inquiries, or that, traced on a map of Paris, the 12 stages of one day by Lucien de Rubempre, Balzac’s hero, mark the geography of a dazzling social ascent.

This book is full of statistics on weekly reading times by country (India leads), major comics producers (Japan, then France), and the size of novels from 1678 to 1999—a factor that we can only observe but resists analysis. Proof that statistics sometimes affect poetry…

Literature, infographics, this book is about art and knowledge, published by CNRS editions.

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