The digitization of early modern England’s print culture has reignited the quest to locate Shakespeare's missing presence. Scholars once searched out lost manuscripts; now computational analysis promises to identify signature features "encoded in the text," as Peter Kirwan puts it. This talk addresses what happens when we use digital affordances to read Shakespeare in the opposite direction, not as the source of unparalleled poetic influence, but as the storehouse of a culture’s proverbs, jokes, and mottos.
Ellen Mackay, Associate Professor of English and TAPS, University of Chicago
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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