This chapter looks at how text-analysis tools can be used for literary analysis, and what is needed to make these new modes of scholarship happen. It also attempts to cut through the criticism of literary computing to survey a number of projects and methodologies. It investigates methodologies which have helped to throw new light on and to derive new knowledge about works of literature, drawing attention to pitfalls and problems. Many of these projects are based on concordance and word-count applications, but computers can help to study sound patterns in verse and the structure of some kinds of dramatic works.
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