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Shakespeare Project


Welcome to The Shakespeare Project, a website developed and maintained for under-graduate study of the plays of William Shakespeare. The site is organized in four groups: Group One collects in two files course notes for those plays and poems I teach in my classes at Grand Rapids Community College; it also features a research bibliography, "Sources for Research," which is subdivided into fifty Shakespearean research topics; a "Teaching Shakespeare" file for those interested in teaching Shakespeare at the secondary level; and a "Shakespeare and Other" file with overview of marginalized characters and their representation in the plays. Group Two features links to major theatres and theatre scenes, links to other Shakespeare websites, and examples of first and second year Shakespeare courses at a variety of U.S. colleges. Group Three features selections from Elizabethan and Jacobean source essays; although still incomplete, the selections here include important prose documents which are currently out of print or unavailable to students in colleges with smaller library databases. Group Four, also incomplete, features some contemporary essays bearing on Shakespearean issues. So here's to the Swan of Avon, and to all those students who find their way to this site, hungry for ways to live in his plays. Group Five includes exemplary student essays from GRCC students.

Peace! David Cope

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Group One: Course Materials

Group Two: Links and Connections

Group Three: Elizabethan and Jacobean Source Essays

Group Four: Contemporary Essays

Group Five: Student Essays