Tiempo de destrucción: A stylometric examination of the posthumous publication of Luis Martín-Santos's unfinished work

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  1. 1. Megan Cytron

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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This study employs stylometric methods to disentangle questions of authorship and editorial intervention in a complex case study of the posthumously published novel, Tiempo de Destrucción. In 1964, a car accident cut short the life of the Spanish novelist Luis Martín-Santos, at a time when the literary community was anxiously awaiting the follow-up to his groundbreaking novel, Tiempo de Silencio (1961). A work in progress was found—according to Carlos Barral (of the publishing house Seix Barral): “Luis considered half of it to be almost definitive."Littered with semi-legible marginalia and edits, the papers passed through many hands over the course of a decade. Using Rybicki, Hoover, and Kestemont’s work on collaborative authorship and rolling data (2014) as a point of departure, I identify the areas where Martín-Santos’s authorial signal is strongest and quantify the degree to which the editorial process and the text’s incomplete, fragmentary nature interfere with Martín-Santos’s authorial fingerprint.

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Conference Info

In review

ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at https://hcommons.org/groups/dh2020/. Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

Conference website: https://dh2020.adho.org/

References: https://dh2020.adho.org/abstracts/

Series: ADHO (15)

Organizers: ADHO