To find criticism, commentary, discussion and review of Shakespeare's works, you can use the following resources:
See below for further information on how to use these resources.
The MLA International Bibliography covers scholarship dealing with the following fields:
The most common materials listed are books, book articles and journal articles.
We have access to several Cambridge Companion titles relating to Shakespeare, including the following:
It has been designed as the foremost platform for conducting Literary Research and incorporates Literature Online.
It contains 3 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, dissertations, and more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings.
Enter your terms into the search box, e.g. romanticism AND byron.
Your results are displayed divided into content type.
For example, if you would like to locate the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.
Select Author Pages option from above the search box
Enter Geoffrey Chaucer in the search box this should give search options as shown below. Select "Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400" or select the Go Directly to option.
The Author Pages provides a short biography of the author, links to the primary texts, recent criticism, criticism over time and reference works.
For example, you are searching for texts related to war and death that were published between WW1 and WW2.
The Texts list of results page will be displayed, listing the author, the title of the work containing the selected words and the line(s) containing the words.
For example, you are looking for occurrences of the word "jealousy" Literature Online will include old spellings as well for many keyword.
You can see the variants of Jealousy highlighted below:
For example, you are searching for reference material on the works of Scott Fitzgerald.
The results list will display all relevant materials.
For example, you would like to hear Jayne Cortez reading her own works.
Or, you would like to listen to a Shakespearean Play.
Here you can listen to the full play or select the relevant act.
For example, you are interested in learning more about poet Ezra Pound and hope to locate some of his poems.
Included in the World Shakespeare Bibliography:
Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production.
Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies, and of the year's major British performances.
The Bloomsbury Shakespeare archive combines research monographs with student guides and the entire 18-volume reference series Great Shakespeareans.
The Arden Critical Companions series covers themes such as Shakespeare and music, comedy, the law, and Renaissance politics, while the Continuum Shakespeare Dictionaries covers Shakespeare's Non-standard English, class and society, and the language of politics and economics in his works.
Please note that this collection contains critical and contextual works from the Arden series: the play texts themselves are available on from Drama Online.