Who wrote Wuthering Heights?

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Rachel
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, James
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-01T16:30:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-01T16:30:51Z
dc.date.issued 2020-06-26
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy, R. and O'Sullivan, J. (2020) 'Who Wrote Wuthering Heights?', Digital Scholarship In The Humanities, fqaa031 (9 pp). doi: 10.1093/llc/fqaa031 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 9 en
dc.identifier.issn 2055-7671
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10194
dc.identifier.doi 10.1093/llc/fqaa031 en
dc.description.abstract Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It was not until the later second edition, published after Emily’s death, that she was credited as the novel’s author. Those Victorian attitudes towards women which compelled Brontë to publish as Bell have not been wholly eradicated, with her legitimacy as the sole author being called into question by male commentators at several junctures since. Their claim is that Emily’s brother Branwell is the real author of Wuthering Heights. Using stylometry, a computer-assisted technique which measures the likely author of a text, this brief experiment demonstrates that it is highly unlikely that Branwell Brontë contributed to the writing of Wuthering Heights, and that Emily, as generally considered, is the novel’s sole author. Furthermore, considering a number of limitations with the corpus being tested, this study provides a good and necessary example of stylometry in practice, and how such an experiment should be conducted in less-than-ideal circumstances. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.relation.uri https://academic.oup.com/dsh/article/doi/10.1093/llc/fqaa031/5862913
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of EADH. All rights reserved. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities following peer review. The version of record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqaa031 en
dc.subject Wuthering Heights en
dc.subject Stylometry en
dc.subject Digital Humanities en
dc.title Who wrote Wuthering Heights? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother James O'Sullivan, Digital Arts And Humanities, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: james.osullivan@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2022-06-26
dc.date.updated 2020-06-29T15:13:31Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Digital Scholarship In The Humanities en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress james.osullivan@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid fqaa031 en
dc.internal.bibliocheck In press. Add volume, pages, update citation. en
dc.identifier.eissn 2055-768X


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