Classically Biased: A Quantitative Analysis of Gender & Writing Styles in Classical Literature

Delcambre, Madeleine Rose (2019) Classically Biased: A Quantitative Analysis of Gender & Writing Styles in Classical Literature. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dawn Wilkins from Computer Science, The University of Mississippi.

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This thesis is a first attempt in assessing patterns related to gender in classical literature prior to the 21st century, specifically looking at the way writing styles and language di↵er among female and male authors; e.g., sentence structuring, lexical diversity, and dictionary similarities. Further topics of analysis included gender distribution and sentiment within the novels themselves. Seventy-eight open-source novels were used in the analysis, with thirty-one books by female authors and forty-seven by male authors. Data from the novels was acquired using Python, natural language processing, and the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK). Graphs and visuals were then created to summarize data gathered. This information was then used to explore whether bias or patterns existed among authors in their writing style or in their descriptions and references of gender within their novels. It is concluded that while no distinctive pattern of bias or prejudice exists among authors, there is a strong correlation in writing styles and vocabulary to author gender.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Delcambre, Madeleine Rose
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. Computer Science
Thesis Advisor: Dawn Wilkins
Thesis Advisor's Department: Computer Science
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Madeleine Rose Delcambre
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 15:12
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 15:12

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