Othello is one of Shakespeare's best-known tragedies. However, computer analysis of the play suggests that it may have more in common with Shakespeare's comedies.
Folger Director Michael Witmore discusses his recent work in Shakespeare studies which combines computer analysis of texts, linguistics, and traditional literary history and shares how these analyses may change our understanding of Othello while also shedding light on the deep complexity of human judgments about literary texts.
Part of the Folger Lectures series. Recorded on October 26, 2011, in the Folger Elizabethan Theatre.