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Genius and the MindStudies of Creativity and Temperament$
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Andrew Steptoe

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523734

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.001.0001

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The creative genius of William Shakespeare: historiometric analyses of his plays and sonnets

The creative genius of William Shakespeare: historiometric analyses of his plays and sonnets

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(p.166) (p.167) Chapter 8 The creative genius of William Shakespeare: historiometric analyses of his plays and sonnets
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Genius and the Mind
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Dean Keith Simonton

Kathleen A. Taylor

Vincent J. Cassandro

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the literary creativity and aesthetics of William Shakespeare through a historiomeric analyses of his plays and sonnets. Shakespeare's life in the themes that occupy his plays and sonnets, related in part to historical events and in part to his own career trajectory, are exemplified. Historiometry is ‘a scientific discipline in which nomothetic hypotheses about human behaviour are tested by applying quantitative analyses to data concerning historical individuals’. The analyses focuses on the associations between the imagery of the plays and their aesthetic success, and also the style and content as factors influencing quality of his sonnets.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, historiometry, plays, sonnets, career trajectory, literary creativity

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