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Book chapter

Measuring the ‘Epification’ of Drama

P. 46-48.

This paper is a quantitative research on the evolution of dramatic texts since the 1740s to the first quarter of the 20th century. Using our TEI-encoded corpus of plays, we analyze the changes in length and linguistic composition of stage directions. These changes, in our view, reflect the general ‘epification’ of drama – a process that later culminates with the emergence of Brecht’s ‘epic theatre’.