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Getting Started with Journals

Shakespeare Quarterly was founded in 1950 by the Shakespeare Association of America. Housed and published by the Folger Shakespeare Library since 1972 and in association with George Washington University, SQ is the world's foremost journal focusing on all aspects of Shakespeare studies. Older volumes can be found in JSTOR and volumes from 2001 to present can be found in Project Muse.

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Shakespeare Documented



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JSTOR: Understanding Shakespeare (Beta)


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Elizabeth Parang
Pepperdine University Libraries
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

Course Description

Despite the growth in the literary canon over the last few decades, Shakespeare remains at the center of English literary study.  His works have been read, reread, used, and manipulated in a multitude of ways over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Yet, Shakespeare's popularity has also led to great scrutiny about the value or danger of "great man" narratives. This class will take seriously this question of authority and authorship by studying a selection of Shakespeare's poetry with attention to source history and the context of material production. In particular, it will ask students to defend their understanding of the limits of Shakespeare's canonical status.  Students will learn how the larger social, political, and historical environment of England and how changing cultural values affect the texts that we examine, the questions we ask, and the very creation of meaning today.