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Searching the concept of nation in 19th-century Greek prose fiction



Searching the concept of nation in 19th-century Greek prose fiction


16 November 2021


Nineteenth-century Greek prose fiction, and literature in general, is deeply intertwined with the Greek nation-building procedures. Literary discourse in Greece of the 19th century is associated with the processes of formation and negotiation of national identity, since it not only is embodied through the most important nation-building tool, language, but also reflects and shapes the collective conscious. In search of the concept of nation, we utilise modern literary analysis and text mining technologies to capture the imprint of the nation in Greek prose of the 19th century, to analyse them quantitatively, to visualise them and to interpret them qualitatively. The interdisciplinary approach of digital literary studies offers the theoretical and methodological background from which we draw to gather and study all passages referred to the concept of the nation-state contained in a Greek corpus of 91 novels of the 19th century. By analysing the retrieved passages, we observe the variations in the frequencies of the references, as well as the extracted geographical information and the contextual environment. Finally, the topic modelling analysis allows us to look closer at the topic related to the nation which is revealed to be one of the most important and central themes of 19th-century Greek prose fiction.

(Edited and translated abstract from conference programme)

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