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Electronic Texts in the HumanitiesPrinciples and Practice$
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Susan Hockey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198711940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711940.001.0001

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Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis

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Electronic Texts in the Humanities

Susan Hockey

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at how text-analysis tools can be used for literary analysis, and what is needed to make these new modes of scholarship happen. It also attempts to cut through the criticism of literary computing to survey a number of projects and methodologies. It investigates methodologies which have helped to throw new light on and to derive new knowledge about works of literature, drawing attention to pitfalls and problems. Many of these projects are based on concordance and word-count applications, but computers can help to study sound patterns in verse and the structure of some kinds of dramatic works.

Keywords:   literary analysis, word-count applications, literary computing, concordance, Greek language

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