a library research Guide prepared by Mark Andre Singer, M.S.Ed, M.L.S.
This guide to researching adaptations of Shakespeare's plays on film and video is primarily focused on screen adaptations. Those interested in stage adaptations, literary criticism, teaching or, just cultivating a deeper appreciation for the Bard from Stratford-on-Avon, will find many useful resources in "Shakespeare Reference Works" and "Internet Sources" in this pathfinder.
An excellent introduction appears in:
Shakespeare on screen by Kenneth S. Rothwell. 1990.
Find it in the reference section: ref PR3093 .R68
See also the chapter entitled "Shakespeare on film" by Roger Manvell in:
The Shakespeare handbook. Levi Fox, ed. 1987. ref PR2976
Use Keyword or Browse searches for "Shakespeare and Film".
To narrow your search, use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).
For example, for a subject search of "discussions of motion picture or video adaptations", type:
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616--FILM AND VIDEO ADAPTATIONS
For a particular Shakespearean film adaptation on video,
enter the film's title and "feature films":
To browse the shelves, look in Call Number area: PR3093.
Shakespeare-related Reference works are in: ref PR2976.
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on silent film. 1968. PR3093 .B3
Davies, Anthony. Filming Shakespeare's plays: the adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook, and Akira Kurosawa. 1988. PR3093 .M3
Dawson, Anthony B. Hamlet. "Shakespeare in Performance" series. 1995. PR2807 .D35
Jorgens, Jack J. Shakespeare on film. 1977. (excellent descriptions and stills) PR3093 .J6
Kliman, Bernice W. Hamlet : film, television, and audio performance. 1988. PR2807 .K57
Manvell, Roger. Shakespeare and the film. 1971. PR3093 .M3
McMurtry, Jo. Shakespeare films in the classroom: a descriptive guide. 1994.
ref PR2987 .M36
Rothwell, Kenneth S. (Kenneth Sprague). Shakespeare on screen: an international filmography and videography. 1990. ref PR3093 .R68
Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and the canon. "Approaching literature" Series, book 3. 1996. PR2965 .S39
Shakespeare and the moving image: the plays on film and television. Anthony Davies and W. Wells, eds. 1994. (Filmography: pp.18-49) PR3093 .S53
Shakespeare on television: an anthology of essays and reviews. James C. Bulman and Herbert R. Coursen, eds. 1988. (Videography: pp. 319-321) PR3093 .S54
Shakespeare, the movie: popularizing the plays on film, TV, and video. Lynda E. Boose and Richard Burt, eds. 1997. PR3093 .S545
Willis, Susan. The BBC Shakespeare plays: making the televised canon. 1991. PR3093 .W55
For more books, do a subject search under:
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616--FILM AND VIDEO ADAPTATIONS
Or, for a broader subject search:
SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616--CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION
THE BEST, most comprehensive reference source for Shakespearean screen adaptations is Kenneth Rothwell's Shakespeare on screen: an international filmography and videography. 1990. ref PR3093 .R68
BUT, you should also check the bibliographies, filmographies, and videographies in the more recent publications listed above in "Recommended Books".
Boyce, Charles Shakespeare A to Z : the essential reference... 1990. ref PR2892 .B69
Cambridge companion to Shakespeare studies. 1986. PR2976 .C29
Champion, Larry S. The essential Shakespeare : an annotated bibliography of major modern studies. 1986. PR2894 .C53
Lloyd Evans, Gareth and Barbara. The Shakespeare companion. 1978. ref PR2976 .E9
Onions, C. T. A Shakespeare glossary. 1986. ref PR2892 .O6
Schmidt, Alexander. Shakespeare lexicon; a complete dictionary. 1968. ref PR2892 .S4
Shakespeare handbook, The. Levi Fox, ed. 1987. ref PR2976 .S3374 (See the chapter entitled "Shakespeare on film" by Roger Manvell.)
Wells, Stanley W. Shakespeare, an illustrated dictionary. 1978. PR2892 .W44
Woodbridge, Linda. Shakespeare, a selective bibliography of modern criticism. 1988. ref PR2976 .W64
Abstracts of English studies. Quarterly. 1991-current in the Reference Department.
Annual bibliography of English language and literature. Annual. ref Z2011 .M69
Arts and humanities citation index. Annual. ref Z2011 .M69
Film literature index. Quarterly, with annual cumulations. 1973-current in Reference Dept.
Humanities index. Quarterly with annual cumulations. 1974-current in Reference Department.
International index to film periodicals. 1985. ref PN1993 .I56
MLA Abstracts database (on CD-ROM) accessible at the Reference Department.
All of the following journals are indexed on the CD-COM versions of the Modern Language Association's: MLA International Bibliography. Use the MLA Abstracts for a fast computer search on ALL of these publications. Ask at BSU's reference desk for help.
Shakespeare Quarterly. Published 5 times per year. PR2885 .S63
Shakespeare Studies. Annual. "...research, criticism, and reviews." PR2885 .S64
Shakespeare Survey. "An annual survey of Shakespearian....production." PR2888 .C33
Shakespearean Criticism: excerpts from the criticism... Irregular. ref PR2965 .S43
Cinema Journal. Quarterly. PN1993 .S62
Film Quarterly. Quarterly. PN1993 .J66
Films in Review. Monthly (except bimonthly, June/July and Aug./Sept.). PN1993 .F6473
Journal of popular film and television: JPF&T. Quarterly. PN1993 .J66
Literature film quarterly. Quarterly. PN1995.3 .L57
Sight and sound. Monthly, May 1991-current; Quarterly, from 1967 to 1990/91. PN1993 .S56
For a comprehensive source of periodicals: International film, radio, and television journals. Anthony Slide, ed. 1985. ref PN1993 .I5
Internet Movie Database http://us.imdb.com/ Enter "Shakespeare", and watch the number of items it returns. (And, they missed a bunch!!)
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet, by Terry A. Gray http://daphne.palomar.edu/shakespeare/ This annotated guide to the scholarly resources on the Internet offers biographical materials and various editions of Shakespeare's works. Provides access to Shakespearean criticism and information on teaching Shakespeare's works. Lists literary journals, Renaissance resources, and sources of information on Elizabethan performance. Links to Internet search engines, and an article on using them, as well as to mirror versions of the site.
Shakespeare and the Globe http://www.rdg.ac.uk/AcaDepts/ln/Globe/home.html Offers a history of London's Globe theater, photographs, and on-line documents. Describes the rebuilding of the original Globe with information on performances of Shakespeare's plays at the Globe and its current uses.
Shakespeare on the Internet: Sites of Interest, by Professor Michael Best: http://www.engl.uvic.ca/Faculty/MBHomePage/ShakSites1.html#toc7b A sampling of scholarly Web resources for early modern literary studies.
World Wide Arts Resources: Theater Resources http://wwar.com/theater/perform.html Features an index of theater resources on the WWW, sorted into such sub-directories as academic, magazines, musicals, Broadway, nonprofit organizations, playhouses, community theaters, tickets, schedules, production, opera, Shakespeare, and technical stage resources.
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, S.E., Washington D.C. 20003-1094 Tel: (202) 544-4600 http://www.folger.edu
Globe Theatre, London. http://www.rdg.ac.uk/AcaDepts/ln/Globe/home.html
Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 Tel: (410) 455-6788, Fax: (410) 455-1063, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Shakespeare on Screen Guide was created for
Albertson Library, Boise State University (Idaho) by Mark Andre Singer,
School of Information and Library Studies, SUNY Buffalo,
Spring, 1998. Last updated on May 12th, 1999.