Monday, September 20, 2010

HyperHamlet quotation database

A just-released research tool that can provide some interesting material (or just hours of nerdy procrastination) for our class: the HyperHamlet quote database.  They have compiled quotations from all kinds of contexts, in an astonishing array of languages.

The web site says:
Search four centuries of Hamlet quotations in context – a completely new kind of evidence for the cultural position held by Shakespeare and his language.

Find quotations by 3259 authors from different periods, languages and genres.

Find out which texts use quotation marks or indicate Hamlet as their source.

Browse the core collection of 7930 quotations, attached to the lines they refer to or sorted by the characters and scenes they mention.

Or investigate the complete collection of 9047 entries, which includes indirect references, vague anonymous traces and even earlier occurrences of phrases found in Hamlet.

Have you come across any Hamlet quotations recently? Contribute your findings to the database!

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