Exploring Vocabulary for Madness in English, 1400-1800 (Digicafé series) | College of Arts

Exploring Vocabulary for Madness in English, 1400-1800 (Digicafé series)

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Dr. Froehlich will illustrate how the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary can be used as a resource for harvesting literary-historical vocabulary surrounding specific semantic categories using data from the Oxford English Dictionary. She will apply this vocabulary towards a corpus of 101 plays, covering Shakespeare and a handful of his contemporaries (Dekker, Ford, Jonson, Middleton, and Webster), to observe for early 17th century dramatic writing discusses the language of madness and mental health.

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