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Welcome to the research guide for 21L.431! The links below are to resources that are either good places to get started, or to links you may come back to frequently.
EdX: Global Shakespeares: Re-Creating the Merchant of Venice
Global Shakespeares: Re-Creating the Merchant of Venice
Learn how performance of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice provides occasions for creative, thoughtful communication across personal, historical, and cultural boundaries on topics including language and theatricality, gender relations, and religious prejudice.
Look up people, plays, and words
The links below are to good sources of background information. That is, when you need to look up a quick biography on Shakespeare, a summary of the criticism of a play, or the history of a word, they're great sources to consult.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Web version of the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.) and the Additions Series. A good place to look up the history of a particular word.
Gale Literature Resource Center
Contains succinct summaries of the critical reception of Shakespeare's plays. Useful for getting an overview of how critics and scholars have interpreted the plays over the years.
Literature Online (LION)
Useful background information on Shakespeare and his work. Also allows you to search for scholarly literature on his work. For definitions of literary terms, try the "Reference Works" tab.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
Provides the most comprehensive and authoritative reference for students, scholars, and poets on all aspects of its subject including history, movements, genres, prosody, rhetorical devices, and critical terms.
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