Throughout 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Oxford University Press is bringing you the very best Shakespeare resources for every stage from school to research, available through our Shakespeare hub: www.oup.com/shakespeare.
Explore a new theme and approach to Shakespeare every month, with specially-commissioned videos, fascinating articles, and interactive content. Then go deeper with selected scholarly articles made freely available for the duration of this year, including the below chapters from University Press Scholarship Online.
What were the books on Shakespeare's bookshelf? Which literary works in turn inspired one of the greatest writers of the Western world? Find out more with the below chapters, and explore further on the Shakespeare hub
- 'The Classical Presence in Titus Andronicus' from The Common Spring: Essays on Latin and English Poetry by Niall Rudd
- 'Shakespeare and the Renaissance Ovid' from Shakespeare and Ovid by Jonathan Bate
Shakespeare and Women
Visit the Shakespeare hub and read the chapters available below to find out more about the diverse and complex female characters we find in Shakespeare's plays.
- ‘"A Thirsty Womb": Lovesickness, Green Sickness, Hysteria, and Uterine Fury' from Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature by Lesel Dawson
Shakespeare and Money
Money and property plays an essential part in some of Shakespeare's plays, such as The Merchant of Venice. Use the chapters below and our Shakespeare hub to explore the role of money in Shakespeare.
- 'Dismembering the Ducat in The Merchant of Venice' from The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature by David Landreth
- 'Vagabond Kings: Entitlement and Distribution in 2 Henry VI and King Lear' from Being and Having in Shakespeare by Katharine Eisaman Maus
Shakespeare and Religion
Read the chapters below and visit our Shakespeare hub to discover Shakespeare's nuanced and intriguing relationship to religion, which he never wrote explicitly about.
- 'Shakespeare's Religion' from A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion by David Scott Kastan
- 'A Critical History of the Bible in Shakespeare' from The Bible in Shakespeare by Hannibal Hamlin
- 'Drama and the Word: The Bible on the Early Modern Stage' from Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare 1592-1604 by Beatrice Groves