Digital approaches to the language of Shakespearean tragedy

Michael Witmore, Jonathan Hope, Mike Gleicher

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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?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy
EditorsMichael Neill, David Schalkwyk
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780198724193
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016


  • Shakespeare
  • digital humanities
  • tragedy
  • quantitative literary studies


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