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Exploring Pornography in Widad Benmoussa’s Poetry Using LIWC and Corpus Tools

  • Encarnación Sánchez Arenas
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Abstract

Literary analysis has been lately ushered towards objective, rather than subjective, interpretation using psycholinguistic principles and computational tools. This manuscript explores pornographic content in Widad Benmoussa’s poetry using Linguistic Query and Word Count (LIWC) and corpus tools. Using LIWC and corpus tools, Benmoussa’s poems were compiled into a UTF-8 encoded file to be processed later by LIWC-2015, Sketch Engine® and AntConc®. Analysis demonstrates that Benmoussa uses sexuality as a central metaphor throughout her poems to express her aspiration to restore and concretize the lost romantic love. The pornographic words, although less explicitly stated, speak of the profound sexual desire.

Keywords

Widad Benmoussa Cognitive poetics Literary linguistics Pornography Sexuality 

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The author declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SevilleSevilleSpain

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