The Hollow Crown

The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

Historical Texts trial

Trial access is now enabled to the Historical Texts platform until 31 May 2017 via the following link:

Historical Texts brings together Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.

Via this platform is also included the UK Medical Heritage Library collection (UKMHL) which is Open Access and accessible here.

The main purpose of this trial is to review the appropriateness of the platform for Cambridge users.  An overview of the collections included in the platform can be found here.  Note that Cambridge currently has access to EEBO and ECCO on separate (publisher) platforms, but not to the British Library 19th Century collection.

You can contact the Historical Texts platform directly via email ( during the trial for any queries.

Please send your feedback on the trial to

Southern Review

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Southern Review.

front_coverFrom the Literature Online website for the journal:

The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premiere literary journals. Hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language,” we have made literary history since our founding in 1935. We publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country’s—and the world’s—most respected contemporary writers.

“Established at Louisiana State University, The Southern Review immediately became a literary tastemaker. The launch of The Southern Review came about “On a bright Sunday afternoon in late February, 1935,” when Louisiana State University’s president drove his black Cadillac to Robert Penn Warren’s house in Baton Rouge to invite him, his wife, and their friend Albert Erskine on a drive to discuss creating a magazine of “distinctive character and quality.” Cleanth Brooks and Charles W. Pipkin were consulted; both joined the editorial staff. The Southern Review’s first series ran 1935 to 1942 before closing due to the war. In 1965, the journal was revived under the editorship of Lewis P. Simpson and Donald E. Stanford, who launched the second series to great acclaim. LSU Press became The Southern Review’s publisher in 2011, allowing the journal to undertake new initiatives, such as reaching readers through a digital version in addition to the print quarterly.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 49 (2013) to present.

Access Southern Review via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link. This title is also available from volume 30 (1994) to volume 49 (2013) via Literature Online from this link.

Wallace Stevens Journal

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Wallace Stevens Journal.


From the Project Muse website for the journal:

“Devoted to all aspects of the poetry and life of American modernist poet Wallace Stevens, The Wallace Stevens Journal has been publishing scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies since 1977. The Journal regularly features previously unpublished primary or archival material and photographs, as well as interpretive criticism of the writer’s poetry and essays, theoretical reflections, biographical and contextual studies, comparisons with other writers, and original artwork. Increasingly international in orientation, this double-blind peer-reviewed journal welcomes a diversity of approaches and perspectives.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 35 (2011) to present.

Access Wallace Stevens Journal via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link. For access to volumes 32 (2008) to 24 (2010) please use this link for Literature Online.

Image credit: ‘Colors’ by XoMEoX on Flickr –

New Oxford Shakespeare

The University of Cambridge now has access to the New Oxford Shakespeare online.

Access the New Oxford Shakespeare at this link.

Now in October 2016 the text of the plays in this edition is available online from the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online platform.  To follow in December 2016 will be the Critical Reference Edition and the Authorship Companion.  To keep up-to-date sign up to the OSEO news feed.

In the Shakespeare 400th-anniversary year, 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.

The New Oxford Shakespeare addresses ‘the great variety of readers’–students, scholars, actors, writers, artists–in multiple formats, at multiple levels. It combines the best of previous scholarship with twenty-first century tools to find better solutions to old problems.”
–Gary Taylor, General Editor

2 Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov as the young lovers in Prokofiev’s ballet (1935), choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev (1977), in the English National Ballet production at the Coliseum (2011). Photo by Annabel Moeller.


BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource

Now available via educational username/password access: BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource

The BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource contains hundreds of TV and radio programmes from the BBC’s Shakespeare collection, as well as more than a thousand photos from classic Shakespeare productions.

The programmes on this site are only available for streamed playback in an educational setting, such as in a classroom, lecture theatre or for academic research

To access the programmes contact the English Faculty Library to obtain the username and password which has been granted to us by the BBC for educational use.

Search and find Shakespeare programmes at the website:

Click on the “Log in” button below the message: “To view this media, you need to authenticate yourself as being part of a formal educational institution in the UK. Find out more”

Use the username and password to login.

As a back-up, the username and password can also be obtained by writing to



JSTOR Arts & Science XIV Archive Collection

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z: JSTOR Arts & Science XIV Archive Collection

'Guerreiros de Terracota em Xi'An, China' by Ana Paula Hirama (on Flickr)

‘Guerreiros de Terracota em Xi’An, China’ by Ana Paula Hirama (on Flickr)

From the JSTOR website:

“The Arts & Sciences XIV Collection brings together more than 140 journals devoted to the study of culture and communication, from civilization’s earliest traces to the growth and governance of peoples. A group of titles in science and technology also cover aspects of STEM education, and explore the legal implications, cultural impact, and historical development of science and technology.

All titles are new to the JSTOR platform at the time of launch. Journals in the collection span 17 countries, 23 disciplines, and date back to 1839. They are drawn primarily from the fields of Archaeology, Language & Literature, Communications Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, and Education.”

Notable titles include:

A full title list for the package can be found on the JSTOR website.

Access the various titles from JSTOR Arts & Science XIV Archive Collection via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z. Access to the articles will be available in iDiscover next week.