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Spitzer on Racine, digitally revisited

Schöch, Christof

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  "description": "<p>This paper revisits, with today&#39;s digital corpora and computational methods of text analysis, L&eacute;o Spitzer&#39;s famous stylistic reading of the tragedies of French seventeenth-century author Jean Racine [1]. Spitzer&#39;s analysis was first published in 1928 and richly illustrates the manifestations of a &quot;dampening effect&quot; (&quot;effet de sourdine&quot;) which Spitzer claims is characteristic of Racine&#39;s poetic style. The present attempt to reimplement Spitzer&#39;s study reveals new insights not only into Racine&#39;s style, but also into the respective strengths and limitations of both approaches to stylistic analysis and to the contrasting notions of style which underpin them [2].</p>\n\n<p>References:<br />\n* Spitzer, Leo. &bdquo;Die klassische D&auml;mpfung in Racines Stil&ldquo; [1928]. In: Romanische Stil- und Literaturstudien I, Marburg: Elwert, 1931, 135-268.<br />\n* L&eacute;o Spitzer, &quot;L&#39;effet de sourdine dans le style classique: Racine&quot;, &Eacute;tudes de style. Paris: Gallimard, 1970, p. 208-335.<br />\n* J. Berenike Herrmann, Karina van Dalen-Oskam und Christof Sch&ouml;ch, &bdquo;Revisiting Style, a Key Concept in Literary Studies&ldquo;, Journal of Literary Theory, vol. 9, no. 1, p. 25-52, 2015.<br />\n* Rockwell, Geoffrey. &bdquo;Replication as a way of knowing in the digital humanities&ldquo;. Vortrag, Universit&auml;t W&uuml;rzburg, 27. April 2016.</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n\n<p>&nbsp;</p>", 
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      "affiliation": "University of W\u00fcrzburg", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Sch\u00f6ch, Christof"
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  "datePublished": "2016-09-02", 
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    "Leo Spitzer", 
    "Jean Racine", 
    "Literary Studies", 
    "French Studies", 
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    "location": "Krak\u00f3w, Poland", 
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    "name": "Digital Literary Stylistics Workshop (at Digital Humanities Conference 2016)"
  "name": "Spitzer on Racine, digitally revisited"
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