09 Dec 2021
14:15  - 15:45


Anne-Sophie Bories

CONFÉRENCE: Ph. D. Petr Plecháč (Czech Academy of Sciences and University of Basel), "The Authorship of Henry VIII: machine learning driven analysis"

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Petr Plecháč (Czech Academy of Sciences and University of Basel)

The Authorship of Henry VIII: machine learning driven analysis

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 14:15-15:45

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In the first collection of William Shakespeare’s works published in 1623 (the so called First Folio) a play appears entitled The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight for the very first time. While the stylistic dissimilarity of Henry VIII  to Shakespeare’s other plays had been pointed out before, it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that Shakespeare’s sole authorship was called into question by James Spedding. Since then various hypotheses were raised on who was involved in the writing of the play and what the precise shares were of the authorial contributions. I'm gonna present the results of machine learning driven analysis based on frequencies of words and frequencies of verse stress patterns. 

Petr Plecháč received his PhDs in Literary Theory and Mathematical Linguistics from Palacký University Olomouc and Charles University in Prague respectively. He's a head of the Versification Research Group at the Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences and a member of "Mining the Comic Verse" research team at the University of Basel. His main domains of interest are quantitative analysis of poetic texts and stylometry. Petr is a member of the "Plotting Poetry" steering committee and of the Prague Linguistic Circle.

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