There's magic in the web of it: Putting Shakespeare online

Michael Best | Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7 p.m. in UVic's Harry Hickman Lecture Theatre

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare’s works are still widely read, performed, and studied in theatres, classrooms, and cinemas around the globe. Each generation keeps his plays alive, on page, on stage, and increasingly in new media.

The Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE), is an open-access resource based at UVic. As one of the longest-established digital projects in the humanities, it breaks new ground in digital scholarly publication. The site not only brings Shakespeare’s works to a global audience, but also explores new ways of presenting them.

Thanks to the work of an international team of Shakespeare scholars, the ISE gathers in one place the plays (edited for the medium), a database of the plays in performance, and an extensive encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s life and times. Computers and the web now make possible interactive interfaces that allow us to see the texts in new ways.

Michael Best will showcase how his recent work in preparing an updated edition of the great tragedy King Lear for the ISE has allowed him to use the digital medium to present the full depth and richness of this remarkable play.

Dr. Michael Best

Michael Best

Professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, Michael Best received his PhD at the University of Adelaide. In print, he has published editions of works of Elizabethan magic and huswifery, a collection of letters from the Australian goldfields, and, most recently, Shakespeare on the Art of Love. In digital media, he pioneered the use of the web for scholarly publication, founding the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) in 1996. He has delivered papers and plenary lectures on digital media and the ISE at conferences in Canada, the USA, the UK, Spain, Australia, and Japan. He is currently editing King Lear for the ISE.

Read more about Michael Best on the ISE.