Users will be able to search and browse this corpus for authors, plays, quoted phrases and additional information such as date or genre.
"WordWeb" refers to the fact that our software links texts, names, phrases and ideas.
"IDEM" stands for Intertextuality in Drama of the Early Modern Period.
The Latin word "idem" means "the same" and indicates our interest in verbal items that are the same in different texts.
reviving results of historical scholarship
We have consulted hundreds of scholarly publications which point out intertextual quotations, sources and popular phrases or motifs in early modern plays. Our oldest source dates from 1751.
sorting and linking the complex data
Thousands of extracts from 16th- and 17th-century texts will be available for fulltext searching as well as for browsing by author, title and quoted phrase ("lexias") and additional information such as date or genre.
contextualizing them with electronic searches
The results of philological scholarship are complemented by electronic searches in fulltext databases such as LION or EEBO.
making data available and accessible
Search results will be made available as text, exportable as excel sheets and visualized with a range of graph-based tools.
Engineering the WordWeb software and looking forward to importing the data in March 2020.
Editing the corpus and researching over 700 new entries since January 2019.
Short-term staff, research students and HyperHamlet fans
Much-appreciated data were contributed by Elliot Reitzer (362 entries), Martin Danneck (108), Christian Gebhard (72), Sixta Quassdorf (58), Olivia Rottmann (44), Mara Thomson (51), Maria Tranter (46), Nickie Tryfona (45) and Stefan Kristmann (26). Thank you!
In addition to our own ongoing research, the WordWeb corpus is based on past philological studies and profits from the exchange with ongoing projects such as the following:
DEx - Digital Extracts
WWP – Women Writers Project
Theatre in Saint Domingue
DEEP – Database of Early Modern Playbooks