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Writing about shakespeare between the humanities and the ...

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1Shakestats: Writing About Shakespeare Between the Humanities and the SocialSciencesJeffrey R. WilsonHarvard [email protected] essay assesses the role of quantitative data in Shakespeare studies. I make thedeflationary case that statistics do indeed have a part to play in both our classrooms andour scholarship, but it is not a particularly revolutionary role. Statistics are best used inShakespeare studies to ask questions but not to answer them. In other words,quantitative data can help us understand where we need to direct qualitative analysis,but statistics won’t interpret things for us. This is not, I suspect, a controversialstatement. It might even be painfully obvious, but it needs to be said because it tempersthe claims of both the giddy grad student who believes computer-aided analysis canrevolutionize literary studies (it can’t) and the befuddled professor emeritus who fearscomputers will de-humanize the humanities (they won’t).I. Statistics in the Dig...
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