Saturday 23rd April marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. To mark this occasion, Oxford University Press are bringing you the very best Shakespeare resources for every stage from school to research, available through our Shakespeare hub, throughout 2016: 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.
Below are the latest themes to feature freely-available content from UPSO. View past themes UPSO has contributed content to.
NEW: Shakespeare in His Time
How far is the success of Shakespeare due to his manipulation of the writings of others? What drew Shakespeare's contemporaries to his work? Discover more with the Shakespeare hub and the below articles.
- 'Shakespeare’s early life and the origins of commercial theatre (1576–1592)' from Shakespeare in Company by Bart van Es
- 'Our Humble Author' from Shakespeare Only by Jeffrey Knapp
NEW: Shakespeare in Our Time
With our Shakespeare hub discover more about the continued success of Shakespeare in our time, a phenomenon revitalised by translations, reinterpretations, and the advent of new media.
- 'Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media' from The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts by Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete
Shakespeare and Film
Since the invention of film, actors and directors have been recording Shakespeare in front of the camera Find out more with the below chapters, and explore further on the Shakespeare hub
- 'Reform It Altogether: Hamlet, 1900–1980' from Murder Most Foul: Hamlet Through the Agesby David Bevington
- 'Shakespeare on Film, 1990–2010' from The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts edited by Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete
Shakespeare and Sex
Visit the Shakespeare hub and read the chapters available below to find out more about Shakespearean explorations of sexuality and eroticism.
- ‘Shakespearian Figures' from Figuring Sex between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester by Paul Hammond
- ‘Introduction: Figuring Early Modern Sex' from Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England by James M. Bromley, Will Stockton, and Valerie Traub
- ‘Othello: Sexual Difference and Internal Deviation' from Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault by Jonathan Dollimore
The themes in Shakespeare's plays are universal, so its no surprise the dramatist enjoys worldwide popularity. Use the chapters below and our Shakespeare hub to explore the Shakespeare around the globe.
- 'hamarashakespeare.com: Shakespeare in India' from What Is a Classic?: Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon by Ankhi Mukherjee
- 'Introduction' from Shakespeare and South Africa by David Johnson
- 'Original(ity): Othello and Blackface' from Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America by Ayanna Thompson