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Jacobean Shakespeare

Literary Criticism

Scholars have written about Shakespeare for years and there is no shortage of resources that analyse and critique Shakespeare's works. Besides the article databases and books, also consider checking the following sections on the subject guide, English Language and Literature.

♦ Literary Theory and Criticism
♦ History of Criticism
♦ Literary Histories

Shakespearian Criticism

This detailed online series provides comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of the plays and poems of William Shakespeare.

  • Volumes 1 through 10 present critical overviews of each play and feature criticism from the 17th century to the present.
  • Volumes 11-26 focus on the history of Shakespeare's plays on the stage and in major film adaptations.
  • Volumes 27-56 focus on criticism published after 1960 and include topic entries that deliver thematic approaches to Shakespeare's works. 
  • Volume 57 and onwards provides general criticism published since 1990 and historical criticism not featured in previous volumes on four to five plays or works per volume. Select volumes contain topic entries.

To find the online volumes, search the title, Shakespearean criticism, in Omni.

Featured Title

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Shakespeare: the Invention of the Human
PR2989 .B58 1998

Harold Bloom is a professor of English at Yale University and has been long recognized as one of the foremost scholars on Shakespeare. In this work, Bloom analyzes the themes and the characters in each of Shakespeare's plays.