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the shakespeare collection

The Shakespeare Collection

Thomson Learning: Gale

the shakespeare collection2
The Shakespeare Collection
  • Introduction
  • Explore the content
  • Finding information
the shakespeare collection3
The Shakespeare Collection

A global, online environment for scholarly research.

Offers entirely new possibilities for the study of Shakespeare and his works

what is the shakespeare collection
What is The Shakespeare Collection?

The subject’s most comprehensive and authoritative online resource which brings together:

  • Full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare, the world’s most recognized scholarly edition
  • General reference data
  • Full-text scholarly periodicals
  • Reprinted criticism
  • Primary source material

The Shakespeare Collection is the beginning and end to a user’s Shakespearean query. There is no more comprehensive resource

exploring the content arden shakespeare
Exploring the Content: Arden Shakespeare
  • The Arden fully-annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare
  • The introduction and appendices included in each Arden edition
exploring the content journals and reference materials
Exploring the Content: Journals and Reference Materials
  • Full-text journals focusing on a range of literary and interdisciplinary topics such as:
    • The Renaissance
    • Elizabethan studies
    • Early Modern English studies
    • Film studies

and much more…

  • Reference materials providing background and context, including:
    • Scribner’s Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence
    • Scribner’sEncyclopedia of the Renaissance
  • Plus bio-critical essays on Shakespeare’s contemporaries and Shakespearean actors, actresses and directors
exploring the content primary sources
Exploring the Content: Primary Sources

Selections from Primary Source Microfilm’s Four Centuries of Shakespeare, The Prompt Bookcollections.

Includes content from:

  • The Shakespeare Centre Library Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Harvard Theatre Collection
  • The Shakespeare Library Collection in Birmingham
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library Collection in Washington D.C
exploring the content diaries and adaptations
Exploring the Content: Diaries and Adaptations

The Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diary:

  • Offers a rare eyewitness account of Shakespeare productions for more than 60 years

Major past editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio, key Quartos, and major editions and adaptations from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

additional content
Additional Content
  • Selected criticism formerly reprinted in Thomson Gale’s acclaimed series Shakespearean Criticism
  • Photographs, line drawings, maps and other illustrations covering performance, theatre and life and times
  • Selected works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries as well as other works available during Shakespeare’s time
finding information
Finding Information
  • Advanced SearchUse Boolean search functionality to combine any of the following criteria:
  • - Keyword, Full Text or Abstract
  • - Document Title
  • - Author/Editor/Translator
  • - Publication Title
  • - Subject
  • - Person Name
  • - Character Name
  • - Organization
  • - Place
  • - Named Work
  • - Publisher
  • and more …
  • Basic Search
    • Keyword
    • Subject
    • Full-text
    • Narrow the search results by defining works to be searched (i.e. King Lear) and content sets (i.e. The Arden Shakespeare or Prompt books)
  • Subject Search
  • Publication Search
basic search

Show or hide content descriptors

Basic Search
  • Searches for terms by subject, keyword or full text
  • Browse to limit search to selected works
  • Enter search term
results list

Results are returned tabulated by content set.

Users can read, share & mark any results

Results list
  • View results containing your terms
  • See also related subject terms
  • View results from the Arden Edition texts
results terms in context
Results: Terms in Context
  • Results displayed by scene with search terms shown in the context of their lines
  • Click Hamlet Act / Scene
view notes
View Notes
  • View the notes for that act / scene
  • View variant notes – which are variants to the text in the quartos and folios
compare texts

User selects link

Compare Texts

Users can select either:

  • Any two documents in the collection
  • Two section of the same text

..and can compare them side by side

historical editions and works
Historical Editions and Works
  • See results from different sources
  • View the work, and look at ‘headnotes’ for more information
criticism and commentary
Criticism and Commentary


  • +70 full text scholarly journals and other periodicals
  • Selected articles reprinted from Gale’s Shakespearean Criticism series
  • Criticism from Arden Shakespeare
  • Full text of 6 volumes on Shakespeare from the Twayne Authors series

Displays results looking specifically at performances of Shakespeare’s works

  • Over 200 prompt books
  • The Gordon Crosse theatrical diaries
reference works
Reference Works

Results from:

  • Scribner’s Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence
  • Scribner’s Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
  • +400 biographies of Shakespeare’s contemporaries
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol 263 (Shakespeare)
finding information advanced searching
Finding Information - Advanced Searching
  • Use different indexes and limiters to search for specific information
why the shakespeare collection
Why The Shakespeare Collection?
  • Allows users to research Shakespeare’s works, critical reception, or the publishing textual history and the cultural historical context
  • Review many versions of Shakespeare’s works
  • Think about the context of when the plays were performed – for example, during the Victorian era. How was a play changed to fit into wider social implications?
advisory board
Advisory Board
  • Professor Russell Jackson, The University of Birmingham
  • Professor Tetsuo Kishi, Kyoto University (Japan)
  • Professor Steven Mullaney, University of Michigan
  • Professor Michael Neill, The University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Professor Jean Howard,

Columbia University

  • Professor Michael Best, University of Victoria (Canada)
  • Professor Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame (Head of Board)
  • Dr. Carol Chillington Rutter, The University of Warwick (UK)
  • Professor David Bevington, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Charles Edelman, Edith Cowan University (Australia)
  • Professor Barbara Hodgdon, University of Michigan
  • Professor Andreas Höfele, University of Munich (Germany)
additional information
Additional Information

Gale Support team: 020 7067 2500

Esther Conway