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.

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.


Teaching Interests

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 areas

  • Shakespeare, Literary Linguistics


  1. Folger Shakespeare Library

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

  2. External examiner: PhD thesis

    Activity: Examination

  3. Shakespeare Association of America Conference 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

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  1. Digital linguistic analysis as a rehearsal tool at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Professional practice, training and standards

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