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MICHAEL WITMORE on Data-Mining Shakespeare
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When: 10/26/11
7:00 PM
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, District of Columbia  20003

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Wednesday, October 26, 7pm

Othello is a Shakespearean tragedy: when the hero makes a terrible mistake of judgment, his once promising world is led into ruin. Computer analysis of the play’s text, however, suggests that the play is a comedy or, at least, that it does the same things with words that comedies usually do.

Are we now at the point where computers and humans really "see” the same thing in literary texts? Hear Folger Director Michael Witmore talk about what it’s like to "data-mine” Shakespeare’s plays, a process that ultimately demonstrates the complexity and power of human judgments about literary texts.

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