I was only able to see the Hamlet quartos (is that all they have? or I probably wasn’t able to access the other quartos). This site allows you to compare the different texts. It’s useful if you need a copy of the text and if you’re doing a very in-depth study on the differences of the texts. I don’t really see myself using it much.
It’s nice to see that there are digitally preserved copies of Shakespeare’s work, for future generations to enjoy. Not only are the texts on the site pretty old, but they seem to be complete. I find this site to be convenient for those looking for the actual texts.
Nice. i think this site is necessary, and that’s the best description i can possibly think of using for it. it’s good for people who arent looking for interpretations or plays, but just the actual text itself for whatever reason!
This site would be very important for researchers who want to get their hands on authentic Shakespearean works with minimal hassle. Also, I believe that the original Shakespearean text would still be relevant even if numerous interpretations come out.
When I first heard that the quartos were up online I was pleasantly surprised; now I can see these much disputed booklets for myself without needing to be a ninja and infiltrating some great archive-library. But the difference between what I imagined and what SQA actually had was something I had never expected – you can view quatros up close (and compare them with each other) and even download them in XML (which can easily be read by MSWord)! This is really incredible for scholars or anyone curious about the “originals” (or first pirated Shakespeare books) and allows for more learning that can further understanding of Shakespeare and his text.
I think this is probably what Kate Rumbold meant that leads from Access to Creativity; given that we have these at our fingertips, we now have so much capital to work with that can lead us to making more out of it, thereby giving it more value (cultural value). Shakespeare moves therefore from merely being an icon or a brand name but rather an investment or an inspiration that helps in developing our own art and culture.
– Meggie Ong
I find this one of the most academic of the bunch. I guess it’s only for people wishing to study the changes, or the lack thereof, to the text as you go along the different “original and official” ( I use that term loosely since we all know the impossibility of determining whether they really were original or whether they really come from Shakespeare) copies. It won’t really appeal to those wanting to know more about the performative or the adaptive Shakespeare in more “interesting” things like pop culture or theater or whatnot. It’s still neat though how these original copies can be accessed even without going to the library they’re stored in. Horray for the wonders of the digital age!:D
I think this site is really meant for academics. The first page alone already offers “over-to-cover digital reproductions and transcriptions of thirty-two copies of the five earliest editions of the play Hamlet”, plus many features that help in comparing the texts. For the casual Shakespeare fan (is there such a thing) though, it might be a little too much.
Most people nowadays depend so much on the internet. Some people are lazy to actually look in the library and research. This site, however, brings the information to the people. This website is very “student-friendly” and is made available also for future generations who greatly rely on the internet. This website is very appropriate especially in the present day. Most of those Shakespeare texts I see online are something like “No Fear” or “Spark Notes” which try to put Shakespeare’s works in layman’s terms. However, in this site, it serves a prototype and sticks to the original text of Shakespeare which i believe, we should preserve.
I’d have to say that I found this quite interesting, probably due to the fact that I was completely unaware that such a site existed. Although it is quite apparent that this site would be more helpful to scholars or hardcore Shakespeareans since it is said to contain the official quartos of Shakespeare. And even though, people will find this intriguing, it is not the type of site that people will visit just for the heck of it – instead, it is the kind of site that one would visit only if needed, or as I had mentioned earlier, that person is a scholar or a dedicated Shakespearean.
– Anne Simpao
Even if many people today have many interpretations of Shakespeare’s literary works, I realized that it is still best to come back to his original ones. They are still different and unique no matter what. And in his original language, there are further deeper meanings which can’t be found on the interpretations and revisions of people today.
The contents of this site are mostly the original texts of Shakespeare’s works plus the revised and modern texts. It is nice to be able to compare the difference between the “new” and the “original” because it allows us to appreciate more the distinctness of Shakespeare. Nothing really can compare to his genuine writings. Although we find it difficult to understand at first, when we do, we realize that Shakespeare’s imaginative mind is incomparable.
I didn’t like this site much because it has limited viewing and not-so-good user-interface. They even need to include a video tutorial to aid navigation. I think when they say it’s ‘freely-accessible’ it means you should register to the site and be a member to have good access. Also, I find it a bit absurd to have an archive of 32 quartos of Hamlet and not being able to choose which one to read. I’d also like to see the quartos of other plays. More importantly, I prefer books to online archives. Online archives are for me to admire and examine “materially,” books are for me to peruse.
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