Online Database Will Hold the Mirror Up to 'Hamlet,' Gathering Every Commentary on the Play

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, May 10, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is pretty neat. Four centuries or so of criticism of the Shakespeare play Hamlet have been compiled into a database so that, for any line in the play, you can read what every commentator throughout that time has said about it. This kind of database is a variation on what literary scholars call a 'variorum', a set of volumes containing everything ever written on a literary work. The HamletWorks database is only partially completed, but you can get a pretty clear idea of where it's going.
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