Journal of Visualization

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 355–363 | Cite as

Stereoscopic story visualization in literary works demonstrated by Shakespeare’s plays

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A stereoscopic method of identifying story patterns in literary works is newly developed. The pattern is extracted from textual information by the detection of thematically assigned keywords, and depicted as visual imageries. The applicability of the method is demonstrated in several of Shakespeare’s plays. The complex scenario patterns in Shakespeare’s tragedies are successfully captured with applying the method for two different themes in each play. As the result, the organization of story accompanying multiple themes in a single play has been obtained as a pair of visual imageries, i.e. stereoscopic story visualization. This approach, in combination with a quadrant analysis of the plots, allows us in interpretation further complexity of human psychology in the characters and scene-by-scene transitions in each play.

Graphical Abstract


Literary works Story mining Shakespeare Visualization Text analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Linguistics and Literature, Graduate School of LettersHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Intelligent Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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