The Challenge: Today a daunting quantity of scholarship relating to
Hamlet exists. While databases and electronic catalogues aid research,
these directories present a virtual wall of minimal bibliographic data.
Sorting through lists still takes eons. Meanwhile, new publications
are constantly added to the academic stacks that ever threaten to tumble
The Solution: A web site that groups together scholarly publications
using similar approaches and treating similar subjects will translate
the overwhelming into the maneuverable. The online medium will provide
accessibility to everyone-student, research assistant, instructor, scholar-and
will guarantee the opportunity to update this resource on a regular
Scope: Listings will span materials published between 1991and 2001.
The bibliography will exclude notes, reviews, abstracts, and treatments
of theatre and film performances as well as certain forums (e.g., newsletters,
bulletins, electronic journals). Scholarship focusing on the Folio/Quartos
debate seems relevant but requires specific and technical specialization
and will thus be omitted. Pedagogical studies and comparisons of Hamlet
to other literary works will also be excluded.
Research: IAC Expanded Academic Index, 1982-1995, IAC Expanded Academic
Index, 1996-, and MLA Bibliography databases, as well as Dr. Sara Deats'
private bibliography on Hamlet, will be combed for applicable scholarship.
Organization: The bibliography will categorize publications by theoretical
approach (e.g., feminism, new historicism) and subject focus (e.g.,
characters, themes). It will arrange individual works alphabetically
by author within each subsection, using the MLA format.