New Oxford Shakespeare

Introduction to New Oxford Shakespeare


The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.” [Source Oxford]

Choose between:

– Modern Critical Edition: for reading and study | A complete Shakespeare for students and teachers
– Critical Reference Edition: for literary and bibliographic research | A complete Shakespeare for scholars
– Authorship Companion: Essays on questions of authorship and chronology across the Shakespearean canon


How to use it:
Select a play or a verse

On the left column you can choose to display, thanks to the 3 panels on the top left:
– the table of contents of the current work: at the beginning of every play are also two other links: Bricolage (Quotes about the play) and Background (Information about the play)
– the contents of the current edition
– research within a document/edition.


Display and tools

You have the choice to display three, two or one panel: the Main Text, the Notes and the Extras [top left].
To keep panels scrolling together, e.g. when you read a main text and its notes or two parallel texts, click on Lock panels icon [top left].

In the Main Text, the modern version is showing. You can select a word or a sentence, a pop-up will appear and then you can choose to “copy and cite”, “open this text in OSEO” [Oxford Scholarly Edition Online], and search the definition of the word in “Oxford English Dictionary“. [available with the Notes too]


Next to the sentences you will see circles and triangles.
The circles are related to the notes and the triangles to the Extras.

The Notes come from the Editor, they are commentaries and performance notes. You can select and deselect.
Click on any note symbol (  ), to highlight the matching line of text in the Main Text panel.


The Extras (on the right side), contain the first print edition scanned (from the Bodleian Library, the Folger Library, the British Library, and Internet Shakespeare at the University of Victoria). The link redirects to the scanned version.


Compare two texts at the same time:

On the top right side of the screen, click on Read with… and then you can choose to compare your text with the old spelling text or with another writing of Shakespeare.

Then you can start to compare them.



You can also browse by works, editions or authors. For the last one the list of all the authors identified by The Oxford editorial team identified as collaborators, will appear.

“The three interconnected print publications and the online edition have been created by an international, intergenerational team of scholars under the leadership of Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan. The project’s scope, depth, and vision provide the perfect platform for the future of Shakespeare studies.” [Source Oxford]


How to find it: Go to the Library homepage  –  Find Ebooks and Reference Materials  – Humanities


Link to the Blog article “Jstor: Understanding Shakespeare


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