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Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship

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Hugh Craig, Arthur F. Kinney, Philip Palmer, Timothy Irish Watt
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107407084

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  • In this book Craig, Kinney and their collaborators confront the main unsolved mysteries in Shakespeare's canon through computer analysis of Shakespeare's and other writers' styles. In some cases their analysis confirms the current scholarly consensus, bringing long-standing questions to something like a final resolution. In other areas the book provides more surprising conclusions: that Shakespeare wrote the 1602 additions to The Spanish Tragedy, for example, and that Marlowe along with Shakespeare was a collaborator on Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2. The methods used are more wholeheartedly statistical, and computationally more intensive, than any that have yet been applied to Shakespeare studies. The book also reveals how word patterns help create a characteristic personal style. In tackling traditional problems with the aid of the processing power of the computer, harnessed through computer science, and drawing upon large amounts of data, the book is an exemplar of the new domain of digital humanities.

    • Presents a detailed examination of a series of attribution problems in the Shakespeare canon, providing a reliable guide to authorship for students and scholars
    • Demonstrates several different methods for attribution, which can also be applied by students to other problems
    • Fosters a wider understanding of the way individuals create their own distinct patterns within a shared language
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    "Shakespeare, Computers and the Mystery of Authorship, edited by Hugh Craig and Arthur F. Kinney, takes us into a world where probabilities are assessed with mathematical accuracy...Despite the measured and cautious style with which the computational evidence is presented, there is plenty more excitement in this book."
    -The Book Collector

    "The outstanding achievement of is its systematic application of negative checks. To quote Vickers: ‘Scholars have regularly cited only the positive features linking a disputed play with their authorship candidate and have neglected ‘‘negative checks’’, so failing ‘‘to establish the absence of these features from the work of other dramatists’’.’ The elimination of other candidates requires computer searches of large databases, and this is what the present authors have done. No previous book comes near it in accomplishing these checks that Muriel St Clare Byrne recommended in the 1930s...Shakespeare, Computers and the Mystery of Authorship deserves to become a landmark in its field. Not least, it establishes Shakespeare co-authorship on firm grounds."
    -Thomas Merriam, Notes and Queries

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107407084
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Hugh Craig and Arthur F. Kinney
    2. Methods Hugh Craig and Arthur F. Kinney
    3. The three parts of Henry VI Hugh Craig
    4. Authoring Arden of Faversham Arthur F. Kinney
    5. Edmond Ironside and the question of Shakespearean authorship Philip Palmer
    6. The authorship of The Raigne of Edward the Third Timothy Irish Watt
    7. The authorship of the Hand-D addition to The Book of Sir Thomas More Timothy Irish Watt
    8. The 1602 additions to The Spanish Tragedy Hugh Craig
    9. Transforming King Lear Arthur F. Kinney
    Conclusion Arthur F. Kinney
    Appendix A. Plays in the corpus
    Appendix B. A list of 200 function words
    Glossary.

  • Editors

    Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, New South Wales

    Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Contributors

    Hugh Craig, Arthur F. Kinney, Philip Palmer, Timothy Irish Watt

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