Digital approaches to the language of Shakespearean tragedy

Witmore, Michael and Hope, Jonathan and Gleicher, Mike (2016) Digital approaches to the language of Shakespearean tragedy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 316-335. ISBN 9780198724193

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Abstract

Access to large corpora of Early Modern texts allows us to consider questions over hundreds and even thousands of texts. But investigating at scale requires different approaches to scholarship. This chapter seeks to integrate traditional literary scholarship with new digital and quantitative approaches, and to demonstrate new methodologies for literary study. We ask two research questions: is there a distinct 'language of tragedy' in the period; and , 'is there a distinctively Shakespearean language of tragedy?