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(Before you begin studying, enjoy this satiric video on the perils of internet research:
Professor Wikipedia, via CollegeHumor.com)

** THE BEST **

  • Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet -- your best first stop; an outstanding clearinghouse of Shakespeare sites with Prof. Terry Gray's expert comments on the world of Internet Shakespeare

  • A Selected Guide to Shakespeare on the Internet by Hardy Cook and the editors of SHAKSPER -- recently updated and annotated

  • SparkNotes -- an online study guide authored by Harvard grad students -- very efficient and useful

  • Bardweb.com -- The Shakespeare Resource Center -- not a lot of material, but what's here is well-written -- also contains a page of play synopses and a good, brief bio of Shakespeare.

  • Shakespeare Online: Your Ultimate Shakespeare Resource -- although this site doesn't offer analysis of all the plays (more are being added), it's one of the best-written and most attractive study sites.

  • Internet Shakespeare: Home Page -- Very attractive site with a terrific "Life and Times" section and a well-organized links page.

  • Shakespeare's Staging -- UC Berkeley's invaluable database/resources about Shakespeare productions and theater history.


  • Surfing With the Bard -- Amy Ulen's award-winning site for educators and students on both the secondary and higher-ed levels

  • Electric Shakespeare -- Larry Danson's long-running university site. Special feature: Shakescenes -- links to RealPlayer video clips of Shakespeare scenes.

  • GradeSaver.com -- analyses and summaries authored by Harvard students -- this site does buy and sell essays, which I don't approve of, but there is useful content here.

  • Interactive Shakespeare Project (Holy Cross College/Folger Library) -- very attractive site 

  • Prof. Fran Teague's homepage (U. of Georgia Shakespeare professor)

  • Shakespeare Documents -- all the documents that offer concrete biographical information

  • And for those interested in the "Authorship Question" -- the definitive Shakespeare Authorship Page



  • Shakespeare complete works

  • Shakespeare Database Project in Munster, Germany

  • The Collected Works of Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare First Folio (searchable)

  • Shakespeare Quartos Archive -- searchable facsimiles of the earliest printed versions of the plays

  • A useful page with synopses of all the plays, from "The Shakespeare Resource"





    MACBETH -- The Best:

    The Rest:










    Shakespeare/Renaissance Critical Journals Online

  • Routledge Accents on Shakespeare Series

  • The Shakespeare Journal

  • The Shakespeare Quarterly

  • Shakespeare Magazine

  • JSTOR: Shakespeare Quarterly

  • SHAKSPER Electronic Discussion List 

  • Early Modern Literary Studies: A Journal of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Literature

  • Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Early Modern Culture: An Electronic Seminar

  • Renaissance Forum

  • (self-promotion warning!)  My article on "Shakespeare's Folklore and the English Holiday Cycle," originally appearing in Realms of Fantasy Magazine (August 2003), is reprinted on the Endicott Studio's online Journal of Mythic Arts "Playing Fairy: Puck and Pan Onstage," which appeared in Realms of Fantasy April 2006, is available online as well.

  • My latest article is "Carnivale on Shakespeare's Stage." Mythic Passages: The Magazine of Imagination, February 2007 (online journal).

  • Elizabethan Theater Resources

  • A terrific overview of The Development of English Drama, Medieval-Renaissance, by Prof. Jennifer Mooney of Virginia Tech.

  • The Early Modern Drama Database

  • Elizabethan Theater - slides

  • The Performance of Music in Shakespeare's Plays

  • Biographical Index to the Elizabethan Theater

  • Records of Early English Drama (REED)

  • Dr. Desmet's Renaissance Drama Homepage

  • Harvard College provides great slides of Early Modern Theater sites

  • A site that offers resources for studying Shakespeare Performance After 1660

  • "News on the Rialto" -- current events in Shakespeare performances and studies

  • Shakespeare Fun!

  • A fun and helpful new site, Bardbox, collects all the YouTube videos that have "Shakespeare" as a keyword. Some high-quality stuff, some junk, and some really funny.

  • "Cat Head Theatre Does Hamlet," via YouTube

  • Hamlet's "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy: The Powerpoint Version

  • Like more Hamlet?  Like more cats?  Click here.

  • For techno buffs: Cable in the Classroom presents "Shakespeare: Subject to Change" -- an interactive text-editing experience that requires a broadband connection and a Flash plug-in

  • Is Shakespeare Dead? (Mark Twain's famous essay)

  • Timon of Athens with Dachshunds

  • "Pete the parrot and shakespeare" (from Don Marquis' "Archy and Mehitabel")

  • The Green Eggs and Hamlet Homepage

  • Shel Silverstein -- Hamlet As Told On The Street (contains some offensive language)

  • Shakespeare Illustrated -- a beautiful art gallery of Shakespeare scenes

  • Shakespearean Insults -- Collect 'em! Trade 'em!

  • Shakey's Place -- cool 3-D graphics from ThinkQuest

  • The Gallimaufry

  • The Tudor Times

  • Shopping with the Bard: (caution! Be sure to use secure servers when ordering merchandise over the Net!)

  • Poor Yorick Home Page -- THE source for Shakespeare videos

  • The Writing Company --- Shakespeare

  • The Folger Shakespeare Library Museum Shop

  • Amazon.com's "Shakespeare Store" -- books, DVDs, more

  • Renaissance Studies Websites:

    Yes, there are Early Modern blogs --

    Maids, Wives and Mistresses: Early Modern Women
    Earmarks: Early Modern Culture
    Early Modern Notes (more news items than blog)

    Other sites --

  • Renaissance: the Elizabethan World -- Indispensable!  The place to go if you want to know what life was like in Shakespeare's England. Contains the fantastic Compendium of Common Knowledge.

  • Luminarium

  • VoS English Literature: Renaissance -- The Voice of the Shuttle is a helpful and well-maintained (by the University of California, Santa Barbara) clearing-house of literature-related links

  • A fabulous Timeline of Elizabethan/Jacobean history and politics

  • Virtual Renaissance -- a delightful site developed by grade-school students that allows you to imagine life in 16th c. England

  • Another Early Modern Chronology -- with specific details about the Wars of the Roses

  • Early English Books Online

  • Renaissance Society of America -- a scholarly society that sponsors yearly conferences and essay collections

  • The English Emblem Book Project -- an ambitious resource for scholars of Early Modern symbolism

  • Welcome to Anglophilia

  • CERES - Cambridge Eng Ren Electronic Service

  • Public Domain Modern English Text Collection

  • Renaissance Faire -- for historical re-creation fans

  • Holinshed's Chronicles -- Shakespeare's source for his histories, Macbeth, etc., -- is now available online.

  • A helpful website on "How to Read a Poem"

  • And, for other historical-background sites, check out my links page for ENG 235, English Lit to 1800.

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