Find criticism of Shakespeare's plays and poetry in these databases:
Use multiple keywords to find criticism of Hamlet or another play.
Add Shakespeare to omit other articles with Hamlet as a keyword.
To refine your search, add a keyword that captures a theme or character. The example below, includes the keyword: self*.
You may check the box "full text" to omit abstracts, but leave it unchecked for a wider search. If we don't have it, you may borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.
Find scholarly Shakespeare criticism in Gale Literary Sources. Note:
You may also read Shakespeare Literature Criticism in print. The library's collection of Shakespeare Criticism includes 125 volumes (the "THE BROWN BOOKS"). They are located in the library Reference section and are chock full of criticism that can help you complete your research papers on Shakespeare.
The series I call "The BROWN BOOKS" is a set of books that collects reviews, criticism, interviews, and other information solely addressing Shakespeare's work. Currently there are 140 volumes in the set, and they can be found in the library's reference collection.
In the back of each volume there are three indexes (all cumulative, so use the indexes in the latest volume if possible):
The early volumes of the series focus on historical criticism of Shakespeare's works.
The middle years focus on stage and film versions of Shakespeare's works.
The second half of the collection (approximately) compiles key literary criticism of Shakespeare's work. Many of the articles are excerpted from longer critical essays. Use article finder to see if we have the entire article in a library database.
The series is a great place to get an overview of the critical issues addressed by Shakespeare critics.
LITERARY CRITICISM IS analysis, interpretation and evaluation of authors and their works of literature, which can include novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry.
Such critical analysis is often written by literary critics and is found in essays, articles and books.
Criticism may be written for the general public and published in magazines, newspapers, television or the radio.
Criticism may also be scholarly. Scholarly criticism is published in academic journals for a scholarly audience. It tends to be longer, more in depth, more focused and more sophisticated than popular criticism.
Literary "criticism" is not necessarily negative; "criticism" means a thoughtful critique of an author's work or an author's style in order to better understand the meaning, symbolism or influences of a particular piece or a body of literature.
Try Holman Library One Search to look for scholarship across databases.
You can search directly within the literary criticism journal, The Explicator.
"Throughout the balcony scene, Juliet endeavors to train and discipline Romeo and turn him into a 'manned' falcon the way Petruchio, the falcnoer in The Taming of the Shrew, trains and disciplines Katherine, his figurative bird. As the relationship between the falcon and her trainer is based on the dominatino and the subjuugation of the falcon's powers to the trainer's will, Juliet shows strong tendency for power as she contunually speaks of herself as a 'falconer' and of Romeo as her 'bird'.
Mansour, Wisam. "The Taming of Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet." Explicator 66.4 (2008): 206-208. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Oct 2014.
Artist unknown, image in the public domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web. 22 Oct 2014.