Recently, Stephen Booth’s work on Shakespeare was profiled by the journal Nautilus. The profile was picked up by Arts & Letters Daily, which curates a daily selection of the internet’s best articles for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The elaborate piece juxtaposes Booth’s approach to Shakespeare with discoveries in cognitive science over the last several decades, ultimately positing that many of the techniques we associate with close reading (and especially the “microscopic” reading of Booth) were predictive of later discoveries in the neuroscience of cognition.
It’s a fascinating read. Check it out here.