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Silver Currents, page 2

Silver Currents: Bringing Shakespeare to (Computer) Screen

Paper prepared for the meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, April 2004


Thanks to the now comfortable familiarity of the Web at most scholars' fingertips, the generally understood difference between a print publication of a Shakespeare play and an electronic edition is the way the electronic version allows for fluent and convenient hypertext annotation. In this paper, I shall look briefly at some of the more adventurous possibilities in hypertext publication, but will focus more attention on further opportunities that the electronic medium offers: the use of computer algorithms to enhance critical reading through the analysis of "vertical" structures of the text (concordances being the most familiar); and the potential of creating editions of the plays that exploit the strengths of both screen and book.


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