The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.110  Friday, 15 March 2012


From:        Jonathan Hope <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 15, 2012 11:47:34 AM EDT

Subject:     Visualizing Shakespearean Plots as Interactive Networks


People might find this interesting:




Interactive network visualisations of each play showing which characters interact with others. You can colour characters for gender (which gives you a depressingly clear picture of how gender-imbalanced the plays are) or social rank. 


The most useful feature is the slider, which removes minor characters and interactions, allowing you to explore the major interactions and see them emerge.


I’ve used them with my students already, and they provoked much good comment (not least about the problems of classifying social rank).


Those who prefer paper will find something similar (but not interactive) at the back of David and Ben Crystal’s Shakespeare’s Words (pp. 514-91).



Jonathan Hope

Strathclyde University 



[Editor’s Note: The materials that Jonathan refers to in David and Ben Crystal’s Shakespeare’s Words is also available at the Shakespeare’s Words web site in the “Circles” area: http://www.shakespeareswords.com/Circles --Hardy] 


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