Other available formats:
Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of the course you are teaching.
Hugh Craig and Brett Greatley-Hirsch extend the computational analysis introduced in Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship (edited by Hugh Craig and Arthur F. Kinney; Cambridge, 2009) beyond problems of authorship attribution to address broader issues of literary history. Using new methods to answer long-standing questions and challenge traditional assumptions about the underlying patterns and contrasts in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama sheds light on, for example, different linguistic usages between plays written in verse and prose, company styles and different character types. As a shift from a canonical survey to a corpus-based literary history founded on a statistical analysis of language, this book represents a fundamentally new approach to the study of English Renaissance literature and proposes a new model and rationale for future computational scholarship in early modern literary studies.Read more
- This book aims to take computational stylistics out of the specialist realm and into the mainstream
- A wide-ranging appeal, including early modernists, Shakespeare scholars, those working in the digital humanities and those who specialise in computational linguistics
- Employs new methods to shed light on, for example, different company and repertory styles, and the styles of different character types
Reviews & endorsements
‘This is an outstanding book of major importance to the field of Shakespeare studies specifically and to the wider field of literary studies in general. As well as conveying new knowledge of exceptional interest, it is written in a style that makes it comprehensible by a wide, non-specialist readership. I anticipate that it will generate intense interest, not least because it debunks a series of current myths about authorship and the style of drama in Shakespeare's time, and introduces new methods of literary criticism.' Gabriel Egan, De Montfort UniversitySee more reviews
'Hugh Craig and Brett Greatley-Hirsch make the case for computational stylistics as a source of more objective generalizations about and insights into the drama of the period. … Their approach could be a body blow to partial, idiosyncratic and subjective literary criticism and to innumerate or illogical scholars.' Emma Smith, The Times Literary Supplement
'Computers and electronic databases have revolutionized techniques of author attribution, but here Craig and Greatley-Hirsch are concerned with matters of dramatic criticism and history. Desirable attributes of investigators in ‘the digital humanities’ are that they should be sensitive to traditional literary and dramatic values and knowledgeable about the current state of scholarship. Craig and Greatley-Hirsch are well qualified on both counts.' MacDonald P. Jackson, Shakespeare
'Hugh Craig and Brett Greatley-Hirsch have redefined the scope of computational analyses of early modern drama and set an impressive standard for distant reading approaches to the canon.' Mark Kaethler, The Review of English Studies
'As a work of exploration in the use of sophisticated quantitative methods applied to prima facie unrelated questions of interest, Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama is a fitting tribute to its dedicatee, John Burrows.' Thomas Merriam, Notes and Queries
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: January 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107191013
- length: 298 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 179 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.61kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Prose and verse: sometimes 'transparent', sometimes meeting with 'a jolt'
3. Sisters under the skin: character and style
4. Stage properties: bed, blood, and beyond
5. 'Novelty carries it away': cultural drift
6. Authorship, company style, and horror vacui
7. Restoration plays and 'the giant race, before the flood'.
Welcome to the resources site
Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.
Find resources associated with this titleYour search for '' returned .
Type Name Unlocked * Format Size
*This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.
These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.
If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.com
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×