How to use this site

The premise of this site is to invert the usual reading practice of a scholarly edition. Instead of starting with the "main" text and working your way down to commentary, bibliography entries, and the names of scholars, here, the bibliography entries, scholars, and their commentary are treated as the main content, and tips to the "main" text of the Comedy of Errors are treated as secondary reminders or context. The idea is to use this site as a way to get to know the critics and criticism first, under the assumption that you've read the play a time or two.

Scholars

The "Scholars" tab lets you browse through the names of scholars referred to in the NVS edition of Comedy of Errors.

The individual pages for those scholars will let you see:

  • Conversations: Based on notes and appendix paragraphs, you can see other scholars with whom that scholar is in a dialogue with, as seen through the edition

  • Notes: you can see where the scholar appears in commentary notes on the playtext

  • Appendix references: these are derived from individual paragraphs in the appendix

Bibliography

The "Bibliography" tab lets you browse through scholarship by title, with links both to the individual page for the bibliography entry, and a link to the author's individual page.

Roles

The "Roles" tab gives a list of the characters in Comedy of Errors, with a little info about the scope of criticism about those characters, and links to the scholars who comment on that character, as derived from the data of the commentary notes.

Search / Topics

The "Search / Topics" tab gives you two kinds of entry points. First, you can search by

  • Bibliography and Scholars, to look for particular titles or people
  • Commentary, to search in the commentary notes
  • Appendix, to search in the appendix to the edition

Or, there is also a tag cloud, where the tags are actually the topic headings in the appendix.

Groups

You can also create groups to focus either your own research or start conversations around the items in Bill-Crit-O-Matic. From the individual pages for scholars and bibliography entries, you can add those items to groups you have created under the "Groups" tab.

Groups can be configured with different levels of openness.

  • Open - joining the group is open, and all the content is visible to the world
  • Public - joining the group requires approval, and all the content is visible to the world
  • Closed - joining the group requires approval, and all the content is visible only to members

Commenting and Notes