The WordWeb/IDEM database will map intertextuality in early modern drama by linking
thousands of extracts from English Renaissance plays which share popular "lexias" such as phrases, names or plot
"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse", for example, was quoted or parodied in at least ten other plays after Richard III was first performed. Other favourites are "a sea of troubles" (36 entries), the idea that Nero killed his mother or the infamous Elizabethan bed trick, which involves substituting a friend for an unwilling bride on her wedding night.
Users will be able to search and browse the WordWeb-IDEM corpus for such recycled elements, but also for authors, plays and features such as date or genre.
The WordWeb-IDEM Project is generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will go live in April 2020. Watch this space!
Lexias (quoted phrases)