Week 5: Thursday 14th February. Ferrar room, Hertford college, 5.15.
Identifying Coleridge: The Detection of Authorial Style
Dr Peter Millican,
Last term OUP published a new edition of Goethe's Faustus, in an impressive but anonymous 1821 translation that had previously been attributed to George Soane. The editors, Fred Burwick of UCLA and Jim McKusick of
In this talk, Peter Millican will be explaining McKusick's methods, whilst unveiling the new version of the Signature system and illustrating its potential for illuminating literary mysteries, from Aristotle and the Bible to Shakespeare and the eighteenth-century novel. Version 2.0 has been greatly enhanced, with a range of new user-friendly tools for exploring both authorship and the development of literary style. The main aim is to persuade scholars that stylometry is a worthy and fascinating addition to their repertoire of research methods, but also to offer assistance in future projects.
Publicity on Burwick and McKusick's work can be found at: http://www.umt.edu/urelations/rview/spring07/literature.htm
Article in The Independent about McKusick's edition: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/sex-and-drugs-and-english-literature-coleridge-and-a-faustian-pact-432577.html