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Stylometrics
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0886  Friday, 16 April 2004

From:           Mac Jackson <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Apr 2004 15:40:18 +1200
Subject: 15.0878 Stylometrics
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0878 Stylometrics

How silly of me to misspell Terence Hawkes's name. I apologize.

Mac Jackson

-----Original Message-----
 >Does stylometrics really represent a new dawn?
 >
 >'our analysis, which has hitherto been qualitative, must become
 >quantitative; we must cease to be empirical and become scientific; in
 >criticism as in other matters, the test that decides between science and
 >empiricism is this: "Can you say, not only of what kind, but how much?
 >If you cannot weigh, measure, number your results, however you may be
 >convinced yourself, you must not hope to convince others . . .  you are
 >merely a guesser'.
 >
 >Thus the Shakespearean critic the Reverend Frederick G. Fleay, leading
 >advocate of style and metrical tests, one of the most diligent of the
 >'disintegrators' and unsurprisingly nicknamed 'the industrious flea'.
 >The occasion was the inaugural meeting, in 1874, of the New Shakspere
 >Society devoted to the study of the Bard . . .  'in this Victorian time,
 >when our geniuses of science are so wresting her secrets from nature as
 >to make our days memorable forever'.
 >
 >Ho hum. In such a context, does anyone else find it heartening that avid
 >seekers after textual accuracy such as Jonathan Hope and Mac Jackson
 >should continue to believe that there is a contributor to SHAKSPER named
 >'Terrence Hawkes'?
 >
 >Terence Hawkes

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