Quantitative research provides a type of data which is ideally independent of interpretations. (p.9)
Event, cycle, longue durée: three time frames which have fared very unevenly in literary studies.
… cycles constitute temporary structures within the historical flow. (p.14)
A genre exhausts its potentialities… when its inner form is no longer capable of representing the most significant aspects of contemporary reality. (p. 17, fn 7)
… some kind of generational mechanism seems the best way to account for the regularity of the novelistic cycle… (p. 22)
…the point is not who prevails in this or that skirmish, but exactly the opposite: no victory is ever definitive… the form keeps oscillating back and forth between the two groups. (p.29)
…the real point here… is the total heterogeneity of problem and solution: to make sense of quantitative data, I had to abandon the quantitative universe, and turn to morphology: evoke form, in order to explain figures.
A peculiar mix of indirect and direct discourse, which draws the verbal tenses and pronouns from the former, and the tone and the order of the sentence from the latter:
It was the abode of noise, disorder, and impropriety. Nobody was in their right place, nothing was done as it ought to be. She could not respect her parents, as she had hoped.
-, do different things w/ different variable types