Monthly Archives: August 2012

Shakespeare by numbers

In November of last year, I attended a seminar given by Dr Jonathan Hope entitled Visualizing English Print from 1470-1800.  He outlined the aims of the Text Creation Partnership and gave several illustrations of the way in which printed texts could be quantified – for example, to reveal that A Midsummer Night’s Dream had a higher proportion of concrete nouns […]

The Daylight Gate: Jacobean Japes and Hammer Horror

Those Witches the fat Iaylor brought to Towne, An Argument so thin, persons so low Can neither yeeld much matter, nor great show. Despite Thomas Heywood’s and Richard Brome’s claim that their subject matter is not fit for ‘great show’, The Late Lancashire Witches (1634) details a number of extraordinary supernatural events, alongside a number of […]