Welcome to the LINKS PAGE
for Shakespeare Studies at CMU
SHAKESPEARE LINKS AND GENERAL STUDY SITES:
(Before you begin studying, enjoy
this satiric video on the perils of internet research:
** 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
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
Shakespeare Documents -- all the documents that offer concrete biographical information
And for those interested in the "Authorship Question" -- the definitive Shakespeare Authorship Page
SHAKESPEARE TEXTS ONLINE:
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"
PLAY-SPECIFIC STUDY GUIDES:
Shakespeare/Renaissance Critical Journals Online
(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
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.
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
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
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
Shopping with the Bard: (caution! Be sure to use secure servers when ordering merchandise over the Net!)
Renaissance Studies Websites:
Yes, there are Early Modern blogs --
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.
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
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
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
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.