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Research resources for the GenEd course, "Shakespeare in Movies."
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Literature Online (LION) includes fully dramatised, unabridged recordings of all of Shakespeare’s plays!

Each play is recorded by noted actors, many of whom were trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, such as Simon Russell Beale, Joseph Fiennes, David Tennant, Niamh Cusack and Sir John Gielgud and includes sound effects and music to bring the plays further to life.  All audio plays are in mp3 format and will play on your computer’s default media player.

Give it a try! Listen to Simon Russell Beale deliver Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy.



Private Romeo Othello As You Like It Hamlet

These are just a few resources that may be useful for finding information related to Shakespeare and film. Use the tabs across the top of the page to locate the types of sources you need. For additional information, refer to the English Literature-Shakespeare Film and Media Arts, or Shakespeare & Music guides. Comments? Suggestions? Let me know!


Reference Shelf - Unpacking Shakespeare

Need to quick look up a Shakespearian name, symbol, or theme? Just need to name a specifc film technique? Use the following sources for help.

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Cambridge Shakespeare Guide
ISBN: 052114972X
Covers Shakespearean plots and people, sources, context, performance history and major themes.

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Dictionary of Shakespeare
"A comprehensive dictionary that covers the plays, poems, characters and background to Shakespeare's works. The dictionary also includes terms used in the theatre and stagecraft, as well as historical references and details on the Elizabethan historical and social period." - description from CREDO

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Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Provides the meaning, history, pronunciation, and variant spellings of words, both present and past. This dictionary is great for understanding how words were defined during specific historical periods.

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Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context
Reviews "operation[s] of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors' rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up." - description from CREDO

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Who's Who in Classical Mythology
ISBN: 0415260418
Provides background information on gods and heroes from Greek and Roman mythology. This is great when you need to learn more about the god or goddess Shakespeare keeps referencing.


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