The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1248  Monday, 23 June 2003

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 23 Jun 2003 10:54:31 +0100
Subject:        Non-Shakespearian Drama Database and SHAXICAN

SHAKSPERians might be interested to know to that the non-Shakespearian
Drama Database (NSDD) and SHAXICAN are moving, and that the former has
recently been updated to include links to the full texts of each of its
710 plays.

The website at www.totus.org that was hosting these resources will
shortly close and NSDD and SHAXICAN will instead be hosted at

NSDD provides an online replacement for Harbage's _Annals of English
Drama_ for the extant plays first performed between 1567 (when the first
purpose-built theatre opened) and 1642 (when the playhouses were
closed). The database names the playwright, year, playing company, and
genre for each play, and the entire listing can be re-sorted to put the
plays in alphabetic order on any of these fields (so, for example, all
the comedies together, or all the Admiral's men's plays together). Also,
the database now provides a direct link to the full text of each play in
Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online (LION) database.  For this last
feature to work the user must be either i) looking at NSDD from within a
domain registered as a subscriber to LION, or ii) in possession of a
personal account to use LION (for example as provided by ATHENS).

Gabriel Egan

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