The Body in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction: Computational Technique and Linguistic Voice

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2007 - 187 páginas
This is a reading of physical obsession in O'Connor through linguistic and literary techniques. central struggle between spirit and matter in O'Connor through a close quantitative examination of the interactions of grammatical voice and physical bodies in her texts. Bridging literary theory and linguistics, Hardy demonstrates that the many constructions in which the body parts of O'Connor's characters are foregrounded, either as subjects or objects, are grammatical manipulations of semantic variations on what linguists deem the middle voice - roughly indicating that the subject is acting upon himself or herself. productive approach to understanding O'Connor's use of the body and its parts in her explorations of the sacramental and the grotesque. Linguistic analysis of grammatical middle voice is coupled with quantitative analysis of body-part words and the collocations in which they appear to present a new point of entrance to understanding O'Connor's stylistic manipulations of the body as central to the rift between spirit and matter. Through this method of reading O'Connor, Hardy makes a valuable contribution to the growing body of work that is introducing linguistic terminology and concepts into literary studies.
 

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The Body in Flannery OConnors Fiction
1
Grammatical Voice
28
The Statistical Body
52
The Body Actions and Parts
79
The Bifurcated Self Body Parts and Reflexives
107
Conclusions Literary Metaphors of the Body and Grammatical Voice
131
Appendix Texts Sampled for the Fiction Brown Subcorpora
149
Notes
155
Bibliography
169
Index
181
About the Author
188
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