[Corpora-List] Corpra & Literature

Michaela Mahlberg Michaela.Mahlberg at nottingham.ac.uk
Mon Nov 26 11:33:50 CET 2012

Dear Linda,

My book Corpus Stylistics and Dickens's Fiction (New York & London: Routledge, 2012) has just come out this month. Amongst other things, it includes a discussion of approaches to characterisation (in the context of cognitive stylistics/poetics) and how corpus stylistic methods can help find character information (e.g. through lexically driven categories of body language/ collocations around 'as if').


I've also done a couple of articles that address issues of characterisation and character information. Of the examples below, the first one was specifically written for a literary audience and deals with examples of Rigaud in Little Dorrit, the second article compares two characters in Bleak House, the third addresses some wider methodological issues.

1) MAHLBERG, M., 2012. "Corpus Stylistics - Dickens, text-drivenness and the fictional world". In: J. JOHN (ed.), Dickens and Modernity. Brewer. pp. 94-114

2) MAHLBERG, M., 2012. The corpus stylistic analysis of fiction - or the fiction of corpus stylistics?. In: MUKHERJEE, J. and HUBER, M., eds., Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English: Theory and Description Rodopi. 77-95

3) Mahlberg, M. and C. Smith (2012). "Dickens, the suspended quotation and the corpus", Language and Literature, 21(1), 51-65.

Hope that helps. This is a great topic for teaching and students tend to come up with very interesting assignments!

All best Michaela

------------------------------ Dr. Michaela Mahlberg Associate Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) School of English University of Nottingham University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK


From: corpora-bounces at uib.no [mailto:corpora-bounces at uib.no] On Behalf Of Linda Bawcom Sent: 26 November 2012 01:42 To: corpora at uib.no Subject: [Corpora-List] Corpra & Literature

Dear all,

Our semester conference topic is concerning using technology in the classroom. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the basics of using corpora in the classroom [mainly ESL/English], especially in terms of collocations, frequency, and genre. For this I am planning on using Mark Davis' COCA.

But I'd very much like to add how it can be used in literature, which is outside any research that I have done. I'm wondering if anyone can direct me to or is willing to share something they have already presented. For example, what has always fascinated me is how you can see the way in which a character changes throughout a book by looking at collocations such as (as I have heard) with Nora in Ibsen's a Doll's House. That is, if possible, I would like something apart from an analysis of stylistics or a comparison of books in terms of i.e. lexical bundles. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Kindest regards, Linda Bawcom

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