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A case for corpus stylistics: Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale

Mahlberg, Michaela; McIntyre, Dan

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Michaela Mahlberg

Dan McIntyre


In this article we investigate keywords and key semantic domains in Fleming’s Casino Royale. We identify groups of keywords that describe elements of the fictional world such as characters and settings as well as thematic signals. The keyword groups fall into two broad categories that are characterized as text-centred and reader-centred, with the latter providing particular clues for interpretation. We also compare the manually identified keyword groups with key semantic domains that are based on automatic semantic analysis. The comparison shows, for instance, how words that do not seem to fit a semantic domain can be seen as reader-centred keywords fulfilling specific textual functions. By linking our analysis to arguments in literary criticism, we show how quantitative and qualitative approaches can usefully complement one another.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Deposit Date May 15, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 15, 2014
Journal English Text Construction
Print ISSN 1874-8767
Electronic ISSN 1874-8767
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 2
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