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Professor Jonathan Hope


Personal statement

My teaching and research focus on the intersection of language and literature: I use techniques from linguistics to explore literary texts, and literary texts as evidence for the linguistic history of English. This combination, sometimes called 'Literary Linguistics', has a long history at Strathclyde.


Who invented 'gloomy'? Lies people want to believe about Shakespeare
Hope Jonathan
Memoria di Shakespeare Vol 3, pp. 21-45, (2018)
Networks and communities in the early modern theatre
Basu Aupam, Hope Jonathan, Witmore Michael
Community-Making in Early Stuart TheatresCommunity-Making in Early Stuart Theatres, (2017)
Multi-retranslation corpora : visibility, variation, value, and virtue
Cheesman Tom, Flanagan Kevin, Thiel Stephan, Rybicki Jan, Laramee Robert S., Hope Jonathan, Roos Avraham
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, (2016)
Digital approaches to the language of Shakespearean tragedy
Witmore Michael, Hope Jonathan, Gleicher Mike
The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean TragedyThe Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, (2016)
Books in space : adjacency, EEBO-TCP, and early modern dramatists
Witmore Michael, Hope Jonathan
Early Modern Studies After the Digital TurnNew Technologies In Medieval and Renaissance Studies Vol 6, (2016)
Shakespeare 400 Pilot : Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scotland Using Textlab and the Classics
Russell Rebecca, Hope Jonathan, Collins Robert

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I teach Renaissance Literature, and an interdisciplinary class on Literature, Culture and Technology. I also teach options classes on Experimental Literatures, Shakespeare's Language, and Style.

I lead TextLab, one of Strathclyde's Vertically Integrated Projects, which brings together students and staff from English and Computer and Information Science to work on computer text analysis.

Research interests

My main current area of research is the computer-based linguistic analysis of texts. This work is collaborative with Michael Witmore of the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington DC), and Robin Valenza and Mike Gleicher of Wisconsin-Madison University. Our project is Visualising English Print - Michael Witmore and I blog about our latest work here.


My previous work included a major reconsideration of the status of language in the Renaissance, and our own difficulties in appreciating a different linguistic culture:

Jonathan Hope, 2010, Shakespeare and Language: Reason, Eloquence and Artifice in the Renaissance (Arden)

Other books have also focused on Shakespeare’s language: Shakespeare’s Grammar (Arden: 2003) and The Authorship of Shakespeare’s Plays (Cambridge: 1994).

I also work on modern experimental literature, an interest that began with the stylistic analysis of modern texts: Stylistics: A Practical Coursebook (Routledge: 1996). I teach undergraduate classes in Experimental Fiction and the analysis of Style, and am currently co-supervising two PhDs on experimental and avant-garde writing.


Professional activities

Folger Shakespeare Library
Visiting researcher
External examiner: PhD thesis
External Examiner
Shakespeare Association of America Conference 2016
Keynote/plenary speaker
Digital Shakespeares
Marston attribution event
Keynote/plenary speaker
Folger Shakespeare Library
Visiting researcher

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The Thomas Nashe Project
Hope, Jonathan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2020
Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches (SAMUELS)
Hope, Jonathan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2014 - 31-Mar-2015
Group for Renaissance Research Reading
Fudge, Erica (Academic) Hope, Jonathan (Academic) Jajdelska, Elspeth (Academic) Clark, Douglas Iain (Post Grad Student)
Research in Renaissance studies has traditionally been a particular strength of English at the University of Strathclyde, and this is reflected in the meetings of the Group for Renaissance Research Reading. The group is made up of both staff and postgraduate students and meets frequently during term time to engage with issues current in the field. Our meetings take the form of seminar talks, and group-discussions of recent work which engages with broad cultural aspects of the Renaissance. The expertise of group members covers a variety of areas. These include Renaissance literature; the history of ideas; the history of language; social and political history; cultural history – with interests in visual, musical, linguistic, and intellectual history, as well as digital approaches to the analysis of texts. The group also has links to the Scottish Institute of Northern Renaissance Studies (SINRS) and the Journal of the Northern Renaissance. (
Period 10-Jan-2011
Visualising English Print 1470-1800: Phase 2
Hope, Jonathan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2013 - 31-Jan-2017
Translation Arrays
Hope, Jonathan (Principal Investigator)
Period 30-Mar-2012 - 30-Sep-2012
Visualizing English Print from c. 1470 to 1800
Hope, Jonathan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2011 - 30-Jun-2013

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