The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1603 Saturday, 24 September 2005
Date: Thursday, 22 Sep 2005 16:43:04 -0400
Subject: 16.1579 Two New Authorship Studies
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1579 Two New Authorship Studies
>I'm sorry to try the patience of SHAKSPEReans, but Ward
>Elliott's stylometrical claims cannot be allowed to pass
>Elliott declines to come to trial on equal terms, so I'll put
>the matter clearly thus: He and his intellectual allies have
>decisively proved by numerical analysis that certain anonymous
>Elizabethan and Jacobean dramas are not by Shakespeare. But
>every other measure (line and word parallels, analogies of
>character and scene structure, thematic convergence, philosophical
>and historical viewpoint, and many other dimensions familiar to
>literary criticism) show quite otherwise.
Every other measure?! Come on, Michael. One measure is hard evidence,
like names on title pages, and neither side has that. Mr. Elliott and
the other stylometricists haven't come close to convincing me of
anything yet, but I'm convinced what they have to offer will become of
central importance to authorship studies eventually.
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