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ENG 4750:  Studies in Literature: Shakespearean Drama
W Vine, Updated 6/2015

Use these databases for finding academic/peer-reviewed articles on your topic, many in full-text, all accessible on-campus or off-campus (by password). The individual journals (suggested below) and other relevant titles are most efficiently searched by using these databases.

The following list of e-journals is suggested for finding articles on topics in Shakespeare’s works. These journals can be searched and browsed individually by clicking on “Journals” on the library’s homepage and entering the journal title.

  • ELN (English Literary History)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England
  • Renaissance News and Notes
  • Renaissance Quarterly
  • Shakespeare Bulletin
  • Shakespeare Newsletter
  • Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Shakespeare Studies

The following Books are recommended:

Electronic Books 

Books/Ebooks:Fifty Key Thinkers on History

General Print and Video Resources:

  • The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare. New York: Time-Life Video, 1987. [45 Videorecordings]
    PR2754 B86
  • The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: a comprehensive guide for students (4vols.)/ Joseph Rosenblum. Westport: Greenwood, 2005.
    Ref PR2976 G739 2005
  • Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London/ Andrew Gurr. Cambridge: CUP, 2004.
    PN2596 L6 G87 2004
  • Pronouncing Shakespeare’s Words: a guide from A to Zounds/ Dale F. Coye. Westport: Greenwood, 1998.
    Ref PR3081 C87 1998
  • Shakespeare’s Legal Language: a dictionary/ B.J and Mary Sokol. New York: Continuum, 2004.
    Ref PR3028 S65 2004
  • Shakespeare’s Villains/ Maurice Charney. Madison NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2012. 
    PR2992.V5 C46 2012
  • Speaking Shakespearean Verse / Trevor Nunn et al. Princeton: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. [Videorecording]
    PR3072 S64 1999
  • A Theatergoer’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Characters/ Robert T. Fallon. Chicago: Ivan Dee, 2004.
    PR2987 F36 2004
  • A Theatergoer’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Themes/ Robert T. Fallon. Chicago: Ivan Dee, 2002.
    PR2987 F36 2002
  • ‘Think on my Words’: exploring Shakespeare’s language/ David Crystal. Cambridge: CUP, 2008.
    PR3072 C79 2008
  • Why Shakespeare: an introduction to the playwright’s art/ G.M. Pinciss. New York: Continuum, 2005.
    PR2995 P56 2005
  • Will in the World: how Shakespeare became Shakespeare/ Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton, 2004.
    PR2894 G74 2004

Richard II

  • “Richard II: the paralysis of mode” in Player-King and Adversary: two faces of play in Shakespeare/ Eileen Jorge Allman. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1980.
    PR3069 R59 A4
  • Shakespeare’s Political Realism: the English history plays/ Tim Spiekerman. Albany: SUNY Press, 2001.
    PR2982 S63 2001
  • “King-Making in King Richard II” in Shakespeare’s Secret Schemers/ Richard A. Levin. Newark: U of Delaware Press, 2001.
    PR2992 T74 L48 2001


Richard III

  • Joan of Arc and Richard III: sex, saints, and government in the Middle Ages/ Charles T. Wood. New York: OUP, 1988. [Historical study]
    DA176 W66 1988
  • To Prove a Villain: the case of King Richard III/ Taylor Littleton. New York: Macmillan, 1964. [Historical case studies]
    DA260 L67
  • Richard III/ Charles R. Derek. Berkeley: U of California Press, 1981. [Biography]
    DA260 R67 1981
  • “Aggression and the project of the histories” in Shakespeare’s Personality/ Norman N. Holland. Berkeley: U of California Press, 1989. [Richard III]
    PR2909 S54 1989
  • “Butchery…and the emergence of Richard III” and “Richard III for a violent era” in Shakespeare and Violence/ R.A. Foakes. Cambridge: CUP, 2003.
    PR3069 V55 F63 2003
  • “Reflecting gems and dead bones: tragedy versus history in Richard III” in Shakespeare’s Wide and Universal Stage/ ed. C.B. Cox and D.J. Palmer. Dover: Manchester U Press, 1984.
    PR2976 S344 1984
  • “To entrap the wisest: sacrificial ambivalence in The Merchant of Venice and Richard III” in A Theater of Envy/ Rene Girard. New York: OUP, 1991.
    PR2976 G5 1991


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ Trevor R. Griffiths. Cambridge: CUP, 1996. [Shakespeare in production series]
    PR2827 M53 1996
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ James L. Calderwood. New York: Twayne, 1992.
    PR2827 C34 1992
  • “Portrait of Athens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Shakespeare’s Political Pageant/ Joseph Alulis. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
    PR3017 S58 1996
  • A Theater of Envy: William Shakespeare/ Rene Girard. New York: OUP, 1991. [contains 8 essays on A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
    PR2976 G5 1991
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ Joseph Papp et al. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1988. [Videorecording, 2 parts- Shakespeare in the Park, 1982]
    PR2827 A2 P361 1988


Much Ado About Nothing

  • “Those ‘soft and delicate desires’: Much Ado and the distrust of women” in The Woman’s Part/ (ed.) Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz et al. Urbana: U of Chicago Press, 1980.
    PR2991 W6
  • “The Shakespearean lie-detector: thoughts on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’” in Shakespeare’s Wide and Universal Stage/ C.B. Cox and D.J. Palmer. Dover: U of Manchester Press, 1984.
    PR2976 S344 1984
  • “Love by hearsay: mimetic strategies in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’” in A Theater of Envy: William Shakespeare/ Rene Girard. New York: OUP, 1991.
    PR2976 G5 1991


The Tempest

  • Caliban/ (ed.) Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1992.
    PR2833 C3 1992
  • “’The Tempest’: heaven, earth, and rainbow” in Player-King and Adversary/ Eileen Jorge Allman. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1980.
    PR3069 R59
  • Shakespeare’s Caliban: a cultural history/ Alden and Virginia Vaughan. Cambridge: CUP, 1991
    PR2833 V38 1991
  • Shakespeare, the Dark Comedies to the Last Plays/ R.A. Foakes. Charlottesville: U of Virginia Press, 1971. [Chapter on The Tempest]
    PR2976 F57
  • “Tempest: Shakespeare’s ideal solution” in Shakespeare’s Personality/ Norman N. Holland. Berkeley: U of California Press, 1989.
    PR2909 S54 1989
  • Shakespeare and The Tempest/ Francis Neilson. Ringe: R.R. Smith, 1956.
    PR2833 N4
  • “Violence, freedom, and slavery in ‘The Tempest’” and “Power-dressing and authority in ‘The Tempest’” in Shakespeare and Violence/ R.A. Foakes. Cambridge: CUP, 2003.
    PR3069 V55 F63 2003
  • The Tempest. New York: Ambrose Video, 1979. [Videorecording, 2 parts, BBC]
    PR2833 A25 1987


Othello

  • Iago/ (ed.) Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1992
    PR2829 I2 1992
  • A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare’s Othello/ Andrew Hadfield. New York: Routledge, 2003.
    PR2829 R68 2003
  • “’This is Venice’: politics in Shakespeare’s Othello” in Shakespeare’s Political Pageant/ Joseph Alulis. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
    PR3017 S58 1996
  • “Othello: ‘The Beast with Two Backs’” in Shakespeare’s Mortal Knowledge/ Zulfikar Ghose. New York: St. Martin’s, 1993.
    PR2983 G47 1993
  • “’Othello’: I took you for that cunning whore of Venice” in Shakespeare’s Tragedies/ Alexander Leggatt. Cambridge: CUP, 2005.
    PR2983 L385 2005
  • Shakespeare: the Tragedies/Clifford Leech. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1965. [Chapter on Othello]
    PR2983 L38


The Merchant of Venice

  • Exploring a Character/ David Suchet et al. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1990. [Videorecording exploring Shylock as character]
    PR2825 E87 1990
  • Friendship and Literature/ Ronald A. Sharp. Durham: Duke UP, 1986. [Chapter on The Merchant of Venice]
    PN56 F74 S53 1986
  • “Love play in the Early Comedies” in Player-King and Adversary/ Eileen Jorge Allman. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1980.
    PR3069 R59
  • “’The Merchant of Venice’: a personal view” in Shakespeare in Perspective/ Victor Poole et al. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1998 [Video recording, vol. 4]
    PR2976 S3375 1998
  • Shakespeare and the Jews/ James S. Shapiro. New York: Columbia UP, 1996.
    PR2825 S44 1996
  • “Aliens in our Midst: Jews, Italians, and Wary Englishmen in ‘The Merchant of Venice’” in Shakespeare’s Foreign Worlds/ Carole Levin. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2009.
    PR2989 L438 2009
  • Shylock/ Pierre Lasry. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1999. [Videorecording presenting various productions of The Merchant of Venice]
    PR2825 S464 1999
  • Shylock: a legend and its legacy/ John J. Gross. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
    PR2825 G76 1992
  • Shylock and the Jewish Question/ Martin D. Yaffe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1999.
    PR2825 Y34 1999
  • Shylock is Shakespeare/ Kenneth Gross. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2006.
    PR2825 G763 2006

The following is recommended for Citation Style:

The following Websites are recommended:

  • Beautifully organized, Shakespeare Online supplies essays, criticism, plot analysis as well as a variety of interesting links to deepen one’s search. Canadian freelance writer Ms. Amanda Babillard’s site is dedicated to provide “…free, original, and accurate information on Shakespeare…” and does so in spades.
    http://www.shakespeare-online.com
  • Originally conceived as an assignment for a graduate technical writing class, J.M. Pressley’s Shakespeare Resource Center intends (admirably) to deliver an up-to-date gathering of the most useful links to the Bard on the Web.
    http://www.bardweb.net
  • Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) was established in 1999 as a non-profit organization by Michael Best and Roberta Livingston in cooperation with the University of Victoria (Canada) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A distinguished editorial board, advisors, and programmers provide “…one of the webs widest varieties of Shakespeare related resources…” Organized by Foyer, Library, Theater, and Annex, look under Library for peer-reviewed material on Shakespeare’s life, work, and times.
    http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/
  • Online Text of Shakespeare provides text of plays and many sonnets, created by Jeremy Hylton and operated by MIT’s oldest and largest newspaper, The Tech. The site has offered Shakespeare’s plays and poetry since 1993.
    http://shakespeare.mit.edu
  • Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is a world renowned center for research, textual preservation, and public programs connected with Shakespeare. Though this site does not provide the student with extensive direct links to material, its utility lay in its extensive listing of programs, concerts, family activities, and exhibitions.
    http://www.folger.edu
  • “The Shakespeare Authorship Page is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.” Interesting, extensive discussions, with links.
    http://shakespeareauthorship.com

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