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Simple Forms by André Jolles
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Jan 31, 2017 | ISBN 9781784784928

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“Jolles extended a formal curiosity and intellectual generosity that critics otherwise would only accord to works by established geniuses of the Western canon … Simple Forms speaks to us with surprising directness and insight.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“A fundamental contribution to the endless, contentious, productive dialogue between morphology and history. André Jolles, the interlocutor of Aby Warburg and Johan Huizinga, is still provoking us with his work. The long overdue translation of a classic.”
—Carlo Ginzburg

Simple Forms can be counted among the standard works of scholarship.”
—Hans-Georg Gadamer

“Jolles’s versatility was an inevitable result of his extraordinary receptivity and omnivorous interest in all aspects of the study of art and culture and of his talent for absorbing and processing things, and for combining disparate material.”
—Johan Huizinga

“The book is a wonderful example of the very possibility of doing theory—just theory, only theory—in the field of narrative, regardless of the current temptation to rethink theory in terms of easily marketable toolkits. Highly thought-provoking.”
—Jan Baetens, Critical Inquiry

“This English translation of Simple Forms is a welcome addition to folk-narrative scholarship—not only because it makes Jolles’s work available in English, but also because it is an outstanding work of scholarship in its own right.”
—Andrew Teverson, Marvels & Tales

“It is a cause for celebration to have Jolles’s classic Simple Forms in English … a great book, always stimulating, and exhilarating in its speculative leaps, its shrewd insights, its wilder guesses.”
—Fredric Jameson, from the Foreword

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