Shakespeare on Film:  A Short Research Bibliography

Our library has many published screenplays for Shakespearean films.  For a list of published screenplays for major Shakespearean films, see the bibliography at the end of CCSF.

Reference works:
Bulman, James, and Herb Coursen, eds.   Shakespeare on Television:  A Collection of Essays and Reviews.  University Press of New England, 1988.  (Has a very helpful section of condensed reviews in the second half.)  PR3093 .S54 1988

Jackson, Russell.  "Shakespeare in the Cinema."  In The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare.  Eds.  Margreta de Grazia and Stanley Wells.  Cambridge UP, 2001, pp.  217-34.  (An fine brief overview of current issues and scholarship, with a very short bibliography at the end.)

Jamieson, Michael.  "Shakespeare in Performance." Shakespeare:  A Bibliographic Guide.  Ed. Stanley Wells.  Rev. Ed. Clarendon P, 1990, 37-68.  (An annotated bibliography which concerns the entire history of Shakespearean performance, including film.)  PR2894 .Z742 1990

McKernan, Luke, and Olwen Terris, eds.  Walking Shadows:  Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive.  BFI, 1994.

Rothwell, Ken, and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, eds.  Shakespeare on Screen:  An International Filmography and Videography.  Neal-Schuman, 1990.  (The single best reference work on this subject, though now slightly dated.)  Reference PR3093 .R68 1990

Special issue of Shakespeare Survey.  Vol. 39 (1987).   PR2888 .C3 Vol. 39 (1987)  See especially the filmography by Graham Holderness and Christopher McCullough, "Shakespeare on the Screen:  A Selective Filmography," 13-37.  This issue was republished as Shakespeare and the Moving Image, eds. Anthony Davies and Stanley Wells (Cambridge UP, 1994).  PR3093 .S53 1994

Special issues of Literature/Film Quarterly.  Vol.  11, no. 3 (1983);  Vol.  14, no.  4 (1986);  Vol. 20, no. 4 (1992);  Vol.  25, no.  2 (1997);  Vol.  28, no.  2 (2000).  Periodicals  PN1995.3 .L57

Special issue of Shakespeare Yearbook.  "Hamlet on Screen."  Edgar Mellen P, 1997.

Special issue of Postscript:  Essays in Film and the Humanities.  "Shakespeare and Film:  Adaptations."  Vol. 17, no. 1 (Fall 1997).  Note particularly the bibliography at the end of this issue:  José Ramón Díaz-Fernández, "Shakespeare on Screen:  A Bibliography of Critical Studies," pp. 91-146.

Special issue of Postscript:  Essays in Film and the Humanities.  "Shakespeare and Film:  Derivatives and Variations."  Vol 17, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 1998).   Note particularly the bibliography at the end of this issue:  José Ramón Díaz-Fernández, "Shakespeare and Film–Derivatives:  A Bibliography," pp. 109-20.

Special issue of Cineaste.  "Shakespeare in the Cinema Supplement."  Vol.  24, no.  1 (1998).

Special issue of Colby Quarterly.  "Screening Shakespeare."  Vol. 37, no. 1 (March 2001).  Periodicals  Z881 .W336

Note that Shakespeare on Film Newsletter (Periodicals PR3093 .S49) is devoted to Shakespeare on film;  it has been incorporated into Shakespeare Bulletin.  See also articles periodically published in Shakespeare Quarterly (Periodicals PR2885 .S63, also available on JSTOR).

Burt, Richard and Lynda Boose, eds.  Shakespeare the Movie:  Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV and Video.  Routledge, 1997.  PR3093 .S545 1997

Davies, Anthony, and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and the Moving Image. Cambridge UP, 1994.  PR3093 .S53 1994

Desmet, Christy, and Robert Sawyer, eds.  Shakespeare and Appropriation.  Routledge, 1999.  PR2880.A1 S52 1999

Eckert, Charles W.  Focus on Shakespearean Films.  Prentice-Hall, 1972.  PR3093 .E3

Jackson, Russell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film.  Cambridge UP, 2000.

Lehmann, Courtney, and Lisa. S. Starks, eds. Spectacular Shakespeare:  Critical Theory and Popular Cinema.  Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001.

Shaughnessy, Robert, ed. Shakespeare on Film (New Casebooks).  Palgrave, 1998.

Skovmand, Michael, and Tim Caudery, eds.  Screen Shakespeare.  U Aarhus P, 1994.

Wray, Ramona, and Mark Thornton Burnett, eds.  Shakespeare, Film and Fin de Siecle.  St. Martin's P, 2000.

Anderegg, Michael.  Orson Welles, Shakespeare and Popular Culture.  Columbia UP, 1999.  (Fine study of Welles's career as a Shakespearean on stage, film, recording, and TV.)  PR3093 .A53 1999

Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film.  Theatre Art Books, 1968.  (Exhaustive chronicle of silent film adaptations.)  PR3093 .B3 1968b

Buchman, Lorne.  Still in Movement:  Shakespeare on Screen.  Oxford UP, 1991.  PR3093 .B8 1991

Buhler, Stephen.  Shakespeare in the Cinema:  Ocular Proof.  State U of New York P, 2001.

Burt, Richard.  Unspeakable ShaXXXpeares.  St. Martin's P, 1998.  (Focus on unconventional adaptations in recent American cinema.)  PR2971.U6 B87 1998

Cartmell, Deborah.  Interpreting Shakespeare on Film.  Palgrave, 2000.

Collick, John.  Shakespeare, Cinema and Society.  Manchester UP, 1989.  (Cultural materialist examination of wide body of Shakespeare on film;  good chapters on Russian and Japanese adaptations.)

Coursen, Herb.  Shakespearean Performance as Interpretation.  U Delaware P, 1992.   PR3091 .C68 1992

Coursen, Herb.  Shakespeare in Production:  Whose History?.  Ohio UP, 1996.  PR3091 .C675 1996

Crowl, Samuel.  Shakespeare Observed.  Ohio UP, 1992.  PR3093 .C76 1992
Davies, Anthony.  Filming Shakespeare's Plays.  Cambridge UP, 1988.  (A study of how directors transform Shakespearean scripts into cinematic visual terms.)  PR3093 .D38 1988

Donaldson, Peter.  Shakespearean Films / Shakespearean Directors.  Unwin Hyman, 1990.  (A study of how Shakespearean films incorporate their directors' stylistic and autobiographical concerns;  psychoanalytic approach.)   PR3093 .D66 1990

Hatchuel, Sarah.  A Companion to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh.  Blizzard, 2000.

Hodgdon, Barbara.  The Shakespeare Trade.  U Pennsylvania P, 1998.  (Places recent Shakespearean in the context of larger cultural and political trends;  particularly strong on feminist approaches.)  PR2971.U6 H64 1998

Howlett, Kathy M.  Framing Shakespeare on Film.  Ohio UP, 2000.

Jorgens, Jack.  Shakesepare on Film.  Indiana UP, 1977.  PR3093 .J6

Lehmann, Courtney.  Shakespearean Projections.  Cornell UP, 2001.  Forthcoming.

Manvell, Roger.  Shakespeare and the Film.  Praeger, 1971.  Rev. ed., A. S. Barnes, 1979.  PR3093 .M3

Pilkington, Ace.  Screening Shakespeare from Richard II to Henry V.  U Delaware P, 1991.  PR3093 .P55 1991

Rosenthal, Daniel.  Shakespeare on Screen.  Hamlyn, 2001.  (A coffee-table book, with interesting commentary on the major film adaptations;  great photos.)

Rothwell, Kenneth.  A History of Shakespeare on Film:  A Century of Film and Television.  Cambridge UP, 1999.  (A comprehensive chronicle from the silents to the late 90s.)

Weiss, Tanja.  Shakespeare on the Screen.  Peter Lang, 2000.  PR3093 .W45 2000

Willson, Robert W., Jr. Shakespeare in Hollywood 1929-1956.  Fairleigh Dickinson P, 2000.  (Focus on the first wave of Shakespeare talkies.)  PR3093 .W57 2000

Also of interest are the following series, which provide histories of Shakespeare in performance and often include some discussion of film adaptations:

The Shakespeare in Production series, published by Cambridge UP.  Each volume in the series is an edition of a single play, giving different interpretations of specific lines and scenes in footnotes.

The Shakespeare in Performance series, published by Manchester UP.  Each volume in the series is devoted to different interpretations of a single play.  For this class you'll find these volumes especially helpful:  Anthony Dawson, Hamlet;  Bernice Kliman, Macbeth;  Alexander Leggatt, King Lear;  Jill Levenson, Romeo and Juliet.)

Journal Articles:
For specific articles, consult the following bibliographies:

The MLA Bibliography, available in Dimond Library and at

The anthologies and special journal issues listed above.

 Díaz-Fernández, José Ramón, "Shakespeare on Screen:  A Bibliography of Critical Studies" and    "Shakespeare and Film:  Derivatives and Variations," Postscript, Vol. 17, no. 1 (Fall 1997) pp. 91-146, and Vol 17, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 1998), pp. 109-20.

Film Reviews:
For specific films, consult the following bibliographies:

Lexis-Nexus, available in Dimond Library and at

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, available in Dimond Library and at

Film Review Annual (J. S. Oser, 1981-present).  Reference  PN1995 .F463.

Brode, Douglas.  Shakespeare in the Movies:  From the Silent Era to Shakespeare in Love.  Oxford UP, 2000.  (This book contains numerous mistakes and misleading commentary.)