Illuminating Shakespeare

November 23, 2016

Illuminating Shakespeare

Throughout 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we have been bringing you the very best Shakespeare resources from across Oxford University Press, for every stage from school to research. We are very pleased to announce the final updates to our Shakespeare hub are now available.

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Shakespeare and Race
Attending to race in Shakespeare’s plays generates surprising through-lines between the 16th to the 21st centuries, as well as some clear historical distinctions. How far can these works speak to our modern concerns? Should today’s black actors authenticate Othello, written by and for a white man, by performing the role?

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Shakespeare's Collaborators
Early modern dramatists wrote collaboratively: a majority of plays from the period were written by more than one person. Until recently, the solitary genius of Shakespeare was judged an exception. Now Shakespeare’s potential collaborations are a hot and highly contentious topic, drawing on new quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare

An A-Z guide to Shakespeare

Compiled by one of the best-known authorities on Shakespeare's works, Stanley Wells, the A-Z Guide to Shakespeare is an online-only dictionary which includes over 860 entries covering all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time, and on his impact and influence on later ages.

Enjoy free access throughout 2016 by browsing the complete dictionary or read a selection of highlighted entries by theme.


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