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Dividing the Kingdoms: Interdisciplinary Methods for Teaching King Lear to Undergraduates: Digital Texts

Modules developed for The Folger Shakespeare Library's "Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates" grant

King Lear Digital Texts

For the Shakespeare Lear project, a collection of physical texts were digitized to enable annotation, text mining and visualizations, including early editions of Shakespeare’s play King Lear (1608, 1685), his sources for the play, and a 1736 adaptation of the play by Nahum Tate

Three of the texts were digitized from the Wayne State University Special Collections:

  • Holinshed, Raphael, Francis Thynne, Abraham Fleming, Richard Stanyhurst, John Stow, John Hooker, and William Harrison. [the Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. London, 1587. Print. http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=b2360399~S36
  • Shakespeare, William, and Nahum Tate. The History of King Lear: A Tragedy. Acted at the King's-Theatre. Revised, with Alterations. London: Printed for W. Feales, 1736. Print. http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=b4905445~S36
  • Spenser, Edmund, Humphrey Lownes, and Matthew Lownes. The Faerie Queen: The Shepheards Calendar : Together with the Other Works of England's Arch-Poët. London: Printed by H.L. for Mathew Lownes, 1611. Print. http://elibrary.wayne.edu/record=b1843697~S36

One text, the version of Lear from the Fourth Folio (1685) was digitized from the text held at the Detroit Public Library, enabled by a collaboration between Wayne State University Library System and the Detroit Public Library.

Other texts are transcribed versions of texts from the Folger Digital Library, including:

All texts are accessible through the Digital Collections platform at the Wayne State University Libraries: https://digital.library.wayne.edu/item/wayne:collectionkinglear