Measuring emotional temperatures in Shakespeare’s drama

Culpeper, Jonathan Vaughan and Findlay, Alison Gail and Cortese, Beth and Thelwall, Mike (2018) Measuring emotional temperatures in Shakespeare’s drama. English Text Construction, 11 (1). pp. 10-37. ISSN 1874-8767

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: English Text Construction
Additional Information: 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.
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 127175
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2018 08:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2020 04:21
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127175

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