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Measuring emotional temperatures in Shakespeare’s drama

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>English Text Construction
Issue number1
Volume11
Number of pages28
Pages (from-to)10-37
StatePublished
Early online date27/08/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how the computational analysis of Shakespeare’s plays can map the emotional language used across individual plays and across the canon more broadly, affording new insights. It explains how we adapted the “sentiment analysis” tool SentiStrength for use with Early Modern English. Our analyses allow us to test out the long-held critical hypothesis that Shakespeare’s work moved from a comic to a “problem” and tragic period, and thence to a more optimistic redemptive mood in his last plays. The paper will also suggest how computational techniques can further understanding of genre, in particular the relationship between history and tragedy in Shakespeare’s work.

Bibliographic note

This article has been accepted for publication in English Text Construction, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2018, pages: 10-37, © 2018 John Benjamins, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.