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Title: A Qualitative and Quantitative Stylistic Comparison of the Two Editions of John Fowles's The Magus
Author: Ho, Yu-Fang
ISNI:       0000 0001 3579 3854
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2007
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This study explores the stylistic differences between the two different editions of The.Magus by John Fowles, and how the corpus methodology can contribute to the stylistic approach to literary study. By comparing the textual differences between two explicitly printed versions in more detail, I aim to investigate (i) how the second edition is linguistically different from the original, ·and (ii) whetheqhe textual revisions Fowles has made create different stylistic effects or not. To tackle the issue of how to compare and to ascertain the overall text style differences between the two versions of a very long novel like The Magus, I adopt a corpus stylistic approach. I explore four corpus tools for this research: (i) TESASjCrouch and WCopyfind for identifying the overall pattern of the revision in quantitative terms (i.e. the degree of text similadty across the 78 chapter-pairs of the novel); (ii) Wmatrix for locating signifi.,. cant linguistic (semantic) differences between the two editions, and the changing patterns in viewpoint presentation; and (iii) WordSmith Tools for identifying the patterns of metaphoricallanguage in the two editions. Along the course of the research, detailed and systematic stylistic analyses are always applied, not only to the comparison of pairs of extracts to generate hypotheses concerning the revisionary tendency, but also to the analysis of the linguistic evidence uncovered by the corpus tools.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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