Shakespeare source study in the age of Google: revisiting Greenblatt's elephants and Horatio's ground

Greatley-Hirsch, Brett and Johnson, Laurie (2018) Shakespeare source study in the age of Google: revisiting Greenblatt's elephants and Horatio's ground. In: Rethinking Shakespeare source study: audiences, authors, and digital technologies. Routledge Studies in Shakespeare, 32. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States, pp. 253-278. ISBN 978-1-138-12307-6


Shakespeare studies have shifted from the culturally evidenced literary history of New Historicism to a more philologically nuanced, textually evidenced cultural history, enabled in large part by the emergence of large-scale databases of digitized primary materials and increasingly sophisticated computational techniques for querying and visualizing the data. This proliferation of electronic resources coincides with a broader disciplinary turn in literary studies towards materialism, as reflected by renewed interest in bibliography and textual studies, the history of the book, and material culture. At the convergence of these methodological and critical paradigms, source study in the Age of Google promises scholars the ability to tease out complex inter-textual relationships across a variety of media. In this chapter, we consider how these new approaches can be used to examine the phrase with which some scholars might have once imagined the door to source study to be slammed shut, and we offer two case studies focused on the sources of Hamlet, to demonstrate the possibilities and pitfalls of these new approaches to Shakespeare 'sources' and 'source study,' while discussing their methodological implications.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 01:21
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: William Shakespeare; Hamlet; sources; digital humanities
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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