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Below is a list of Shakespeare essays and other commentary arranged alphabetically according to title or subject.

If you quote, paraphrase, or summarize the original writing in any of the works, make sure you credit the source by mentioning the author (if named), title, URL, and other pertinent information. Those writing research papers should follow the rules of the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), the Chicago Manual of Style, the Harvard Referencing system, the Turabian guide (Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations), or any other authoritative citation guide.

Title or Subject

All's Well That Ends Well: Less Than Cheerful Comedy
Analysis of Shakespeare's Women
Antony and Cleopatra: Fate, Destiny, Inevitability, or Historical Necessity
Audience Members Faint at Staging of Titus Andronicus
Author Claims Shakespeare Had Secret Bastard Son
Blindness and Insight: Damaged Type, Damaged Eyes, and Q2 Hamlet
Brief History of Deconstruction in Shakespeare Criticism
Broken Narrative in The Tempest
Certain Speculations on Hamlet, the Calendar, and Martin Luther
Character Study of Ariel in The Tempest
Classical Music Inspired by Shakespeare
Comedy of Errors: Isolation, Suffering
The Courtship of Romeo and Juliet
Critical Essays on A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets
The Darkness at the Heart of Much Ado About Nothing
Definition and Characteristics of Shakespearean Tragedy
The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare's Comedies
Did Shakespeare Consciously Use Archaic English?
Drama Online: Cymbeline
Earl of Oxford as Author of Shakespeare's Works
The Early Plays
Elizabethan Era
"Fantasy" and Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare
Fiendlike Queen: Recuperating Lady Macbeth in Contemporary Adaptations of Macbeth
Five Lectures on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Five Memorable Speeches by Shakespeare's Women
From Harpies to Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved
The Ghost's Vocabulary (Using Computers to Analyze Shakespeare's Writing)
Hamlet and His Foils: Fortinbras and Laertes
Hamlet and His Problems
Hamlet's Soliloquies
Harold Bloom Interprets Hamlet
Henry IV Part I: Critical Reception
Henry IV Part II as a History Play
Identity Crisis in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Interpreting Hamlet: How Actors Have Portrayed Him
Julius Caesar: Critical Survey
Justice in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure
King Lear Analysis and History
Lyricism and Character in Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth Analysis
Madness in Hamlet
Madness of Hamlet and Ophelia: Mental Illness in Shakespeare
Madness of King Lear
Magic in The Tempest
Marxist Interpretation of Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice: Stereotyping Shylock
Merry Wives of Windsor With Audience Guide and Critical Commentary
Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's Most Middle-Class Play
Midsummer Night's Dream Analysis
Misanthropy in Timon of Athens
Much Ado About Nothing Analysis
Much Ado About Nothing: Feminism and Feminist Criticism


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Mystery of Shakespeare's Identity
Othello and the Question of Race
Othello as Tragic Hero
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: "Scraps Out of Every Dish"
A Political Nightmare in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Postcolonial Criticism of The Tempest
Preface to Shakespeare, by Samuel Johnson
Prejudice in The Merchant of Venice
Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Hamlet
Psychology of Shakespeare
The Puritan Agenda in Measure for Measure
Rape of Lucrece Commentary
Religion in Hamlet
Revenge as Revenant: Titus Andronicus and the Rule of Law
Revenge in Shakespeare
Revisiting Shakespeare and Gender
Richard II and the Essex Rebellion
Richard II Simplified
Richard III: Free Will vs Fate and Determinism
The Romantic Iago (Character in Othello)
Romeo and Juliet Analysis
Romeo and Juliet: Poetic Rapture
Romeo and Juliet: Prologue Analysis
Shakespeare and the Map of Ireland
Shakespeare and the Politics of Community
Shakespeare's Feminist Critics
Shakespeare's Freedom, by Stephen Greenblatt
Shakespeare's Friends: Burbage, Combe, and Sadler
Shakespeare's Plays: Tragedy
Shakespeare; or, the Poet, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shakespeare's Stratford Friends
Shakespeare's Strong-Willed Women
Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew: An Analysis of a Tamed Kate
Shakespeare Told Us About the Plight of Refugees
Shakespeare's Villains
Shakespeare's Villains: Claudius
Seven Essential Characteristics of Shakespearean Tragedy
The Sound of Shakespearean English
Strange, Unearthly Moments in Macbeth
Suggestions for Writing About Shakespeare (Longwood University)
Themes of Honour in Shakespeare's Hamlet
Tragic Balance in Hamlet
The Tempest Analysis
T. S. Eliot on Hamlet and Coriolanus
Troilus and Cressida: Shakespeare's Anti-Homeric Retelling of the Iliad
Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
The Visual Poetry of Filmed Shakespeare
What Shakespeare's Henry V Tells Us About Leadership
Why, and How, We Should Read Shakespeare Today
Why Do We Still Care About Shakespeare?
Why Did Shakespeare's Father Paint Over Iconic Medieval Murals?
Why Students Should Study Shakespeare
Women, Identity, and Disguise in Shakespeare's Comedies (Video)
Wrestling in As You Like It