Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet


Terry A. Gray

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This project will be developing over time.

I intend to pull together here all the best Shakespeare links on the web. Other of the resources referenced here can lead you to older Shakespearean gopher links, which aren't nearly as much fun. I've annotated most of the links with my own comments. My intention is to make this your best of the web hyperguide. In addition to specifically Shakespearean links, I've added Shakespeare related links that go along with the scholarly tone of this page, including links to Shakespeare in Education, Shakespearean Criticism, Elements of Elizabethan Theatrical Production, Primary and Secondary Literary Sources, and Related Literary Journals and Renaissance Resources.

In time I hope to add more original material for which I cannot find adequate coverage on the web, such as architectural information on Elizabethan playhouses, Elizabethan actors and acting, and a hyperlink Shakespeare chronology. Since I would like to dedicate this page to more scholarly material, I intend to leave out the festival and production announcements. The links provided here will lead you to many sights which will provide that information. If you are a true Shakespearean the term 'scholarly material' will translate as 'fun.' If you are being forced to take a Shakespeare class or do research, this is your chance to become a true Shakespearean and develop a love and enjoyment for the best poet ever.

At the end of the page there is a link to an eform which will allow you to email me. Please do so if you find other links that should be included here. I would also love to hear your comments or suggestions for improvements. Finally, I have provided some of my favorite Internet Tools. If you are new to the web you will find them well worth looking into.

I've arranged the page as follows:


Shakespearean Links
Shakespeare In Education
Shakespearean Criticism
Elements of Elizabethan Productions (Speech, Music, Dance, Stagecraft)
Primary and Secondary Sources (Classical, Renaissance)
Related Literary Journals and Renaissance Resources
Email--Let Me Know What You Think
Internet Tools
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Some Pretty Good Shakespeare Links

Shakespeare In Education

Want to see how the bard is being treated by Internet savvy educators? The potential is enormous. The rewards are great. If you are using the Internet to teach Shakespeare in interesting and elegant ways use the email pointer at the bottom of this page to write me with your URL. I would like to include it in this list. In the meantime, here are the best resources I have found:

Shakespearen Criticism

Thusfar there is very little actual Shakespearean criticism on the web. A situation that will no doubt be remedied when authors, publishers, and English Departments settle the issues of copyright and publication requirements. In the mean time, here is what I have found:

Elements of Elizabethan Productions

Elizabethan Speech

Proper Elizabethan Pronunciations: Meant for employees of a Renaissance Faire, but good enough for scholars.

Renaissance Music

Looking for some gems of Renaissance music? Try the

Camerata Hungarica. There are some enormous sound files here.

Wondering about all those odd Renaissance instruments? Can't take another breath until you find out what a shawm, a tabor, a bass crumhorn sounds like? Then you must visit the Renaissance Consort Home Page.

For some wonderful links to Medieval and Renaissance music sites visit the Early Music Page.

To acquire your own MIDI samples from English Renaissance composers (among many others) visit the Classical MIDI Archives. You will find samples here from Byrd, Campion, Dowland, Morley and many others. The emphasis is on the Classical period, but there are many early music samples here also.

Renaissance Dance

Perhaps the least understood and appreciated facet of Shakespearean productions involves the art of the Renaissance dance. You may begin to remedy this situation by visiting the clever and interesting Renaissance Dance Page.

If you are actually mounting a production, you will want to visit Playford's The English Dancing Master (1651).

Theatrical Presentation

I know I said I did not want to include festival or specific production information on this page, but these resources are just too good to pass up.

Take a look at Theatre Central for the best general theater resource on the web. Then take a look at its spectacular cousin from Alabama. A visit back, from there, to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Page may well be worth your while.

If you prefer recorded performances, check out The Cardiff Movie Database of Shakespeare video/film productions.

Primary And Secondary Sources

The Classics

Renaissance Sources

Journals And Renaissance Resources


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Click on the picture of the mailbox to let me know if you have any suggestions, contributions, or criticisms. I am always interested in finding new links to add to the page, and it is always a pleasure to hear from anyone who has found this page useful.

Internet Tools


Last Updated October 3, 1995.

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All images on this page are public domain and free from copyright restrictions. I have either stolen them from web sources or made them myself. In the case of the thefts, I have made an effort to determine their copyright status. In most cases the author of the source has declaired them to be public domain. Where I could not determine copyright status, I assumed public domain. If you see your art work here and it is not public domain please notify me and I will remove it.

The text is © copyright Terry A. Gray, 1995. The opinions are my own. My school and my department would never own up to them.

Last modified December 6, 1995.