365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

17. Shakespeare + anti-cheating software = why not to plagiarize.

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Now, it’s not as though the idea of Shakespeare writing, or at least having a hand in the authorship of, Edward III is exactly something new. It’s been tossed around. It’s been debated. It’s on the docket for part of the series of staged readings at Richmond Shakespeare this year. But using the same type of software our professors use to make sure we’re not a bunch of cheaters to find out who the play belongs to? That’s relatively new.

And it’s interesting to me. I’m curious what results would turn up if we ran the software on a few other oft-discussed plays of questionable authorship…Sir Thomas More, anyone?

At any rate, it seems clear that this software is way snazzier than I anticipated. There go my plans to copy and paste my term papers. Dang it.

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Written by Caroline Mincks

October 17, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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