June 30, 2015

Play Shakespeare-Connect

Using JSTOR. "Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly see articles on JSTOR that reference the line." This project is a cooperative one between JSTOR and the Folger Shakepeare Library.

I tried it; I didn't think it was entirely intuitive. You still have to figure out how to "pick" the play from a drop-down menu by selecting the act and scene, then highlighting, then selecting not the line itself but the number of the line. Then you will get a result. The system will show you the first page of each article unless you are logged in through your academic institution or another institution that gives you JSTOR access. Otherwise, you'll need to log in to see the entire article. However, you can get a free Register and Read account to get access to many of the articles. The number of plays indexed right now is limited to
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • As you Like it
  • Hamlet
  • Henry V
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • Twelfth Night

The list may be extended in future. Still, a nice way to compile a list of materials that cite lines from the Bard and how we have interpreted him over the years.  The project creators also invite comments.

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