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About Keyword Searching (updated 24 January 2022)
Keywords allow you to search Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha fictions for recurring themes, motifs, techniques and so on, using a set of tags that the project's editors have entered as part of the data for each textual Event. Keywords are still a work in progress. All 54 of the short stories in Digital Yoknapatawpha have been analyzed and keyworded by at least two of the project's collaborators, as have 3 of the novels. Our goal is for at least two scholars to provide keywords for the events in all the texts, but there are still 11 Yoknapatawpha novels have been keyworded by only one (see list below).
Keywords are organized into a three-term sequence. The 7 broad categories you can see on the Search form (Environments, Actions, etc.) are further divided into intermediate terms like Time of Day or Weather (two of the 11 intermediate terms for Environments). Each of these "second-level" boxes contains its own set of more specific terms, like "Twilight" - that particularly Faulknerian time of day. You can search at any of these levels. Pull-down menus of the second- and third-tier terms will help you find your way to the terms that might be most relevant to you.
The "All" category allows you to search directly the several thousand keywords that the project's editors have entered. As you type in that box, the auto-complete function will offer you a list of words and phrases to select from; typing "violence," for example, identifies a set of keywords that includes "Domestic violence," "Interracial violence," and so on. "Old Keywords" allows you to search the thousands of terms we entered when the DY texts were originally analyzed, while the project was in the process of developing a restricted keyword vocabulary. Although before 2018 keywords were not regularized in any way, we recommend also using the "All" option, which does cover all the fictions; we plan to retain this original keyword data even after the present scheme has been fully implemented.
As with all searches, the results are returned as a set of links - in this case of specific Events, grouped by texts which are listed chronologically in order of publication.
Texts with 1 set of Keywords as of January 2022
- Flags in the Dust
- As I Lay Dying
- Light in August
- Absalom, Absalom!
- The Hamlet
- Go Down, Moses
- Intruder in the Dust
- Requiem for a Nun
- The Town
- The Mansion