Title

Textual Analysis for Actors in a Shakespearean Theater Troupe

Item Type

Presentation

Location

Elaine Langone Center, Center room

Session

#s1b: Exploring Digitized Texts, moderator Kate Boylan

Start Date

7-10-2017 10:40 AM

End Date

7-10-2017 12:10 AM

Description

What does the digital have to offer to the public? This project is an experiment examining the usefulness of computer-assisted textual analysis in the context of a community theater troupe putting on an original-practices production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. In the Shakespeare in the Summer version of original practices, actors are expected to analyze the text's rhetoric on their own and improvise blocking, with no director or rehearsal. I provide each actor with textual analysis of their lines, using multiple methods: sentiment analysis, stylometry, and word collocation. I use their responses to discover which methods are the most useful and compelling to them in the process of preparing for the show, and to speculate on what digital scholarship might ideally offer publics engaged in literary interpretation.

Language

eng

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Oct 7th, 10:40 AM Oct 7th, 12:10 AM

Textual Analysis for Actors in a Shakespearean Theater Troupe

Elaine Langone Center, Center room

What does the digital have to offer to the public? This project is an experiment examining the usefulness of computer-assisted textual analysis in the context of a community theater troupe putting on an original-practices production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. In the Shakespeare in the Summer version of original practices, actors are expected to analyze the text's rhetoric on their own and improvise blocking, with no director or rehearsal. I provide each actor with textual analysis of their lines, using multiple methods: sentiment analysis, stylometry, and word collocation. I use their responses to discover which methods are the most useful and compelling to them in the process of preparing for the show, and to speculate on what digital scholarship might ideally offer publics engaged in literary interpretation.