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‘A Few Simple Words’ of Interior Monologue in <i>Ulysses: Reconfiguring the Evidence</i>

Wayne McKenna and Alexis Antonia

in Literary and Linguistic Computing

Published on behalf of ALLC: The European Association for Digital Humanities

Volume 11, issue 2, pages 55-66
Published in print June 1996 | ISSN: 0268-1145
e-ISSN: 1477-4615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/11.2.55
‘A Few Simple Words’ of Interior Monologue in Ulysses: Reconfiguring the Evidence

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A study of interior monologue in James Joyce's Ulysses that discriminates between the language of Stephen Dedalus, Molly Bloom, and Leopold Bloom by the use of literary and computational methods {principal component analysis, distribution tests}. By studying the most frequently occurring words of interior monologue in Ulysses, the authors reveal how each main character has a distinctive interior monologue and how the distinctive use of very common words shapes our understanding of each character. The article shows that Joyce does not have one style of interior monologue; rather each of the three main characters has his or her own style of interior monologue that can always be distinguished by computational methods from the style of the other characters. Comments about interior monologue in Ulysses miss some of Joyce's subtleties when they generalize about its syntactic incompleteness, because its syntactic incompleteness varies from one character to another.

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