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Jonathan Hope

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Director of Literature, Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography: 

Jonathan Hope's work lives at the intersection of language and literature, using techniques from linguistics to explore literary texts, and literary texts as evidence for the linguistic history of English. With publications like “Who Invented 'Gloomy'? Lies People Want to Believe about Shakespeare” (Memoria di Shakespeare), it’s clear that Hope means for his scholarship to lay-to-rest many misconceptions about the English language and its most famous users - and you can see him talking to our 2019 Homecoming festival about 'gloomy' and 'swagger' here.

Hope is recognized for his digital humanities work; he is director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Early Modern Digital Agendas, a series of advanced summer institutes now in its sixth year, held at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

At ASU he has taught graduate-level classes in Digital Humanities, and British Experimental Writing, as well as undergraduate classes on Shakespeare, Pre-1800 Literature, and Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama. 

Education: 

Ph.D. St John’s College, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Research Interests: 

My research is at the intersection of literature and linguistics. I'm particularly interested in using techniques and insights from linguistics to read literary texts, and over the course of my career I've used historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, descriptive grammar, and stylistics. My main focus in literary terms is on Early Modern English texts, and especially Shakespeare, though I also have a strong interest in modern experimental writing.

I have an on-going collaboration with Michael Witmore of the Folger Shakespeare Library, which focuses on using computer analysis to study large collections of texts. For technical details, see our publications with Mike Gleicher and Anupam Basu, and our Mellon-funded project Visualising English Print. For a non-technical sense of where statistical analysis can take you, try this blog on reading Hamlet using just 5 words.

I'm currently trying to dispel the myth that Shakespeare invented large numbers of words.

 

 

 

Publications: 

Books

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

Shakespeare’s Grammar (The Arden Shakespeare: 2003)                      

Stylistics: a practical coursebook - with Laura Wright (Routledge: 1996)                                                 

The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays: a socio-linguistic study (Cambridge University Press: 1994)                                

The Politics of Tragicomedy: Shakespeare and after - ed.with Gordon McMullan (Routledge: 1992) 

 

Articles and Chapters in Books

2019

Michael Witmore and Jonathan Hope, ‘Broken English: A Dialogue’, in Subha Mukherji (ed.), Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World: A Conversation (Medieval Institute Publications), pp. 169-83

Jonathan Hope, ‘Digital Approaches to Shakespeare’s Language’, in Lynne Magnusson and David Schalkwyk (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Language (Cambridge University Press), pp. 151-167

 

2017                             

Anupam Basu, Jonathan Hope, and Michael Witmore, ‘The professional and linguistic communities of early modern dramatists’, in Roger D. Sell, Helen Wilcox, and Anthony W. Johnson (eds), Community-Making in Early Stuart Theatres: Stage and Audience (Routledge), pp. 63-94    http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/WH7-Networks-and-Communities.pdf

 

2016                          

Michael Witmore, Jonathan Hope, and Michael Gleicher, ‘Digital Approaches to the Language of Shakespearean Tragedy’, in Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy (Oxford University Press), pp. 316-335       http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Digital-approaches-to-Shakespearean-tragedy.pdf

Michael Witmore and Jonathan Hope, ‘Books in Space: Adjacency, EEBO-TCP, and Early Modern Dramatists’, in Laura Estill, Diane K. Jakacki, and Michael Ullyot (eds), Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn (Iter Press), pp. 9-34  http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/02-Witmore-and-Hope-3-copy.pdf             

Jonathan Hope, ‘Who invented gloomy? Lies people want to believe about Shakespeare’, Memoria di Shakespeare, 3, pp. 21-45 http://ojs.uniroma1.it/index.php/MemShakespeare/article/view/14167/13898

Tom Cheesman, Kevin Flanagan, Stephan Thiel, Jan Rybicki, Robert S. Laramee, Jonathan Hope, and Avraham Roos, ‘Multi-retranslation corpora: visibility, variation, value and virtue’, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 22 pp.

 

2014                            

Jonathan Hope and Michael Witmore, ‘The Language of Macbeth’, in Ann Thompson (ed.), Macbeth: The State of Play (Bloomsbury: Arden), pp. 183-208    http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Macbeth-language-HW2014.pdf

Jonathan Hope et Michael Witmore, « Quantification and the language of later Shakespeare », Actes des congrès de la Société française Shakespeare, 31 | 2014, 123-49   https://shakespeare.revues.org/2830

Jonathan Hope and Michael Witmore, ‘Hamlet in Five Words’, Globe to Globe Hamlet Blog http://globetoglobehamlet.tumblr.com/post/84210842638/hamlet-in-five-words-by-jonathan-hope-michael

 

2013                             

Jonathan Hope, ‘“Not know my voice?”: Shakespeare corrected; English perfected - theories of language from the Middle Ages to modernity’, in Peter Holland, Ruth Morse, and Helen Cooper (eds), Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents (Cambridge University Press), pp. 78-97

 

2012                            

Jonathan Hope, ‘Middletonian Stylistics’, in Trish Thomas Henley and Gary Taylor (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (Oxford University Press), pp. 443-72

Michael Witmore and Jonathan Hope, ‘Après le déluge, More Criticism: Philology, Literary History and Ancestral Reading in the Coming Post-Transcription World’, Renaissance Drama, 40, 2012, pp. 135-50   http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/HopeWitmoreApresDeluge-WNW2.pdf

Yoko Iyeiri, Jennifer Smith, and Jonathan Hope, ‘Additional eighteenth-century materials on Middle English in the Huntarian Collection of the Glasgow University Library’, Notes and Queries, 59.3, pp. 332-5

Jonathan Hope, ‘Shakespeare and the English language’, in P. Seargeant and J. Swan (eds), English in the World: History, Diversity, Change(Routledge), pp. 83-92

 

2010                           

Jonathan Hope and Michael Witmore, ‘The hundredth psalm to the tune of “Green Sleeves”: Digital Approaches to the Language of Genre’, ShakespeareQuarterly, vol. 61, no. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 357-90     http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/21507

Jonathan Hope, ‘Shakespeare and Language’, in Margreta de Grazia and Stanley Wells (eds), The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (Cambridge University Press), pp. 77-90 

 

2008                             

Jonathan Hope, ‘Varieties of Early Modern English’ in Haruko Momma and Michael Matto (eds), A Companion to the History of the English Language (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 216-23

 

2007                             

Michael Witmore and Jonathan Hope, ‘Shakespeare by the numbers: on the linguistic texture of the Late Plays’, in Subha Mukherji and Raphael Lyne (eds), Early Modern Tragicomedy (D.S. Brewer), pp. 133-53    http://winedarksea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Witmore-Hope-2007.pdf

 

2004                            

Jonathan Hope and Michael Witmore, ‘The very large textual object: a prosthetic reading of Shakespeare’, Early Modern Literary Studies9.3 / Special Issue 12 (January 2004): 6.1-36      https://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/09-3/hopewhit.htm

Jonathan Hope, ‘Shakespeare and language: an introduction’ in Catherine Alexander (ed.), Shakespeare and Language (Cambridge University Press), pp. 1-17   

 

2002                             

Laura Wright and Jonathan Hope, ‘Linguistics and postcolonial literature: Englishes in the classroom’, in David Theo Goldberg and Ato Quayson (eds), Relocating Post-colonialism (Blackwell), pp. 334-348 

 

2001                             

Jonathan Hope, entries on ‘Electronic and Digital Shakespeare’ and ‘Prose’ in Stanley Wells and Michael Dobson (eds), The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (Oxford), pages 125 and 358 

 

2000                             

Jonathan Hope, ‘Rats, bats, sparrows and dogs: biology, linguistics and the nature of Standard English’ in Laura Wright (ed.), The Development of Standard English 1300-1800 (Cambridge University Press), pp. 49-56

 

1999                             

Jonathan Hope, ‘Shakespeare’s “natiue English”’, in David Scott Kastan (ed.), A Companion to Shakespeare (Blackwell), pp. 238-55

 

1996                 

Jonathan Hope and Laura Wright, ‘Female education in Shakespeare’s Stratford and Stratfordian Contacts in Shakespeare’s London’, Notes and Queries, 248.2 (June 1996), pp. 149-50 

 

1994                            

Susan Wright and Jonathan Hope, ‘The Cambridge-Leeds corpus of early Modern English’ in Merja Kytö, Matti Rissanen, and Susan Wright (eds), Corpora Across the Centuries (Rodolpi), pp. 91-3

Jonathan Hope, ‘The use of thou and you in Early Modern spoken English’, in Dieter Kastovsky (ed.), Studies in Early Modern English (Mouton de Gruyter), pp. 141-51

 

1993                 

Jonathan Hope, ‘Second person singular pronouns in records of early Modern “spoken” English’ Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 1 XCIV (1993), pp. 83-100 [reprinted in Mats Rydén, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Merja Kytö (eds) A Reader in Early Modern English (Peter Lang: 1998), pp. 377-96]

 

1990                             

Jonathan Hope, ‘Applied historical linguistics: socio-historical linguistic evidence for the authorship of renaissance plays’, Transactions of the Philological Society, 88 (1990), no. 2, pp. 201-26  

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 321Shakespeare
ENG 691Seminar
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 321Shakespeare
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
ENG 321Shakespeare
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 221Survey of English Literature
CDH 501Digital Hum: Theory & Methods