Restoring the history of the subaltern: a corpus-informed study of the narrative of Mary Prince

Emma Moreton

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    Abstract

    This paper uses corpus methods to carry out a systemic functional analysis of Mary Prince‟s The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave (1831). I have two main research objectives. The first objective is to propose a method of linguistic analysis, which can be used to critically examine the voice of the female subaltern subject. The second objective relates more generally to the role of corpus linguistics in the field of literary discourse. Using the narrative of Prince as a case study, this paper illustrates how computational methods of analysis might contribute to the study of literature and stylistics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-41
    JournalThe Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • linguistic analysis
    • corpus linguistics
    • literary discourse

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