EN310 - Shakespeare & Renaissance

shakdykeIntended primarily for students of VMI Courses in Shakespeare 

This page is intended for your edification and enjoyment.  Should you find errors or omissions, or know of other useful links, please contact the English Department.

  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet - A wide ranging set of links to Shakespearean material online, including bibliographies and scholarly articles.
  • The Shakespeare Web - Links to various Shakespeare sites, including some already on this page.

  • Open Source Shakespeare - A flexible research source for both the plays and the poetry; allows you, for example, to search for a character and collect in one place all the lines spoken by that character.
  • Shakespeare and His Critics - A collection of 19th-century essays, including works by Hazlitt and Coleridge, and a letter about Ophelia by Helena Faucit, who played the part with Macready.
  • Search Shakespeare's Works - Just how many times did Shakespeare use the word "honor"? Great for wowing your teachers with your command of Shakespeare trivia or for a paper on motifs in Shakespeare.
  • Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto - Graphic files of "the British Library's 93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642," along with background information and analysis of how the texts were changed after the theaters reopened in 1660.
  • "Some Versions of Hamlet" - A home page for a course at VMI on the history of the Hamlet story in texts and on stage and film from Saxo Grammaticus to John Updike, with the focus on Shakespeare's play.
  • The Shakespeare Dictionary - Created by Stephen Sherman: "As an outgrowth of my own Shakespeare reading and studying , I built up a list of Shakespearean words that troubled or intrigued me."
  • A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama, 1580-1642 - Created by Dr. Alan Dessen of UNC-Chapel Hill, this web site includes updates to his book of the same name, which "defines and explains over 900 terms found in the stage directions of English professional plays from the 1580s to the early 1640s."
  • Shakespeare's Globe - The official web site of the New Globe, including a virtual tour (which seems to work only in Internet Explorer).
  • Shakespeare and the Globe: Then and Now - A website provided by Encyclopedia Britannica full of useful information and links.
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library - The major American collection of Shakespeariana and other material relating to the European Renaissance, the Folger has more First Folios than any museum in the world.
  • "Proper" Elizabethan Accents - It turns out Shakespeare probably sounded more like someone from Buena Vista, VA., than Prince Charles! Correct your teacher's Shakespearian accent.
  • Shakespeare Illustrated - Emory University's website devoted to paintings and illustrations on Shakespearean themes, with background information on the plays, paintings, and artists, bibliography, and downloadable images.
  • Early Modern Literary Studies - Early Modern Literary Studies is an electronic journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers in the area. Articles in EMLS examine English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Each issue contains not only full texts of the essays but abstracts of each article for quick review.
  • Electric Renaissance - An "electronic" survey of European Renaissance literature.
  • VIVA Verse Drama and English Poetry links - Searchable collections of English verse drama and poetry texts. (Subscription services)
  • Navas-Read Shakespeare Studies - Click here for a description of the Navas-Read Shakespeare Studies program at VMI.
  • The American Shakespeare Center (formerly Shenandoah Shakespeare; for an NPR story on the building of the replica of the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton, VA, click here)

VMI Library Resources 

Preston Library subscribes to the following Shakespeare journals:

  • Shakespeare Quarterly 
  • Shakespeare Studies 

Preston Library and the Department of English and Fine Arts have the complete works of Shakespeare on video. Check them out.

General Bibliographies and Humanities Databases 

  • Online Databases and Bibliographies - A user-friendly way to search indispensable bibliographies of literary criticism when you can't walk over to the library. 
  • Iter: The Bibliography of Renaissance Europe from 1300-1700 - From the University of Toronto, a wide-ranging bibliography devoted to Late Medieval and Renaissance history, literature, and art.  (This is the Guest Database.  A slower but much larger version of this database available only to subscribing institutions can be found on the VMI Preston Library Home Page).
  • Citing Electronic Sources - A collection of links to websites with guidelines for citing material from the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs and other electronic sources.  The emphasis is on MLA format, but there is information for APA, Chicago, and Turabian, as well.