DigiTAWG: Dr. J. Berenike Herrmann, "Computing Kafka. What corpus-stylistic measures can tell us about Kafka’s prose"

, 2:00 pm to

"Computing Kafka. What corpus-stylistic measures can tell us about Kafka’s prose"

 Abstract:

This talk presents the first steps in a larger project investigating Franz Kafka’s prose by means of a range of digital methods. In my presentation, I will report the results of two kinds of measures, keyword and collocation (lexical bundle) analysis, linking them back to the state of the art in “traditional” philological Kafka research.

In particular, the presentation will show how keyword analysis renders quantitatively obtained insight about the propositional content and particular stylistic features of Kafka’s novels (America, The Trial, and The Castle) before the backdrop of a large reference corpus (zeno.org). Since keyword analysis operates on single words only, it is somewhat limited in terms of the examination of textual structures. I hence examine frequently occurring lexical bundles (Ngrams) as well to complement the keyword analysis. Both methods complement each other in one of the first quantitative probes into Kafka’s style of writing.

Presentation Slides

Location:

GCDH, Papendiek 16, Seminarraum 2