Moretti’s Graphs Maps Trees opens the door to endless possibilities. I really enjoyed it because it discusses the very things I have always found to be missing in literary criticism. Although the field is largely based on close reading, why can’t we explore the myriad of historical, social, and political contexts of a book through data collection? Better analysis of these aspects would actually greatly enrich any book. Such cataloging and investigation into books also opens up literature to more than just the “canons” as Moretti states. The interdisciplinary nature of his book is perhaps what frightens the traditional literary field, but it is precisely this reason that his ideas are so novel and exciting.
One of the things I thought of as reading this book was that it would interesting to see data on literary criticism. That too, is highly representative of society and culture and would be a nice supplement to a data analysis of books from that era. For example, literary criticism on The Tempest has changed drastically over time, and each criticism speaks to its time period. This is one of many ideas and like I said, the possibilities are endless.