Dig Deeper: “By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked …” – Macbeth
Have you ever seen a ghost? What if you were attending a banquet and no one else noticed the ghost … only you? As you try to avoid its accusatory stare, would you doubt your sanity? Macbeth, a general in the King of Scotland’s army, faces such memorable moments in Macbeth.
Whether you’ve studied Macbeth, you know that plays were meant to be seen, to be experienced. And when performed by an exceptional troupe—such as the talented, capable team at the Villanova Theatre—Shakespeare’s plays come alive!
Unbridled ambition, preternatural prognosticating, evil’s allure, sex and murder: Macbeth promises a memorable experience.
So if Halloween has left you hankering for witches and ghosts, Macbeth will satisfy such aberrant appetites. This play will challenge you to “dare look on that / Which might appal the devil.”
The following resources are available through Falvey Memorial Library:
Macbeth with criticism/critical essays
Databases of images and articles—
The site integrates the full text of the plays and poems with the entire Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare’s works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader.
Shakespearean Literature Criticism (Gale)
This database provides comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of the plays of Shakespeare with excerpts from the criticism of William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, from the first published appraisals to current evaluations. Reprints also available from Literature Resource Center.
A variorum is a work that collates all known variants of a text. It is a work of textual criticism, whereby all variations and emendations are set side by side so that a reader can track how textual decisions have been made in the preparation of a text for publication.
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (Johns Hopkins)
Provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, as well as theatrical productions, reviews of productions and other material related to Shakespeare published or produced between 1960 and 2013, with coverage continuing to extend forward and backward in time.
Luna: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection
This database offers access to tens of thousands of high resolution images from the Folger Shakespeare Library, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, and art. Users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out, view cataloging information when available, export thumbnails, and construct persistent URLs linking back to items or searches.
MIT Global Shakespeares
The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata by scholars and educators in the field.
Open Source Shakespeare (Shakespeare Concordance)
Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare’s complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. Of particular interest on this site is the Concordance where you can search for words or phrases across Shakespeare’s complete works.
Other helpful databases—
Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
LCO is an extensive compilation of literary commentary reaching back 30 years and cover centuries of critiques on authors and their works that span all time periods, types of literature and regions. The cross searchable collection brings together the most acclaimed literary series Drama Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism and Short Story Criticism providing criticism on the major authors, dramatists and poets. The database includes Shakespearean Literature Criticism with a comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of his plays and poetry.
Records of Early English Drama (REED)
Records of Early English Drama (REED) is an international scholarly project that is establishing for the first time the context from which the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries grew. REED has for the last thirty-five years worked to locate, transcribe, and edit historical documents containing evidence of drama, secular music, and other communal entertainment and ceremony from the Middle Ages until 1642, when the Puritans closed the London theatres. Along with twenty-seven collections of records in print, with the most recent, Inns of Court, published in December 2010, REED is building a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education.
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