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Shakespeare’s Plays Direct to Your Desktop

Pepperdine has licensed streaming video of the 37 BBC Shakespeare plays through Ambrose Digital Video. The plays are chaptered by acts. Ambrose Digital Video is a streaming video service that allows students and faculty to watch content online. Ambrose Video 2.0 is 100% closed captioned and streams are viewable directly through browser to all mobile devices, including iPads and iPods.  Closed captioning can be turned off by clicking on the CC in the upper right corner of the screen.

The BBC Television Shakespeare is a set of television adaptations of the plays  of William Shakespeare, produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.  “For many collections, the BBC Shakespeare series was among the earliest and
most significant acquisitions. At Berkeley and many other institutions, the series has come to be regarded as the canon against which other Shakespeare
performances on film are measured and compared…”
-Gary Handman, Director, Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley

Two New Titles Debut in Project Muse

The following journals, previously announced as joining Project MUSE, are now online:

** From the Center of Latin American Studies, University of Kansas:

Latin American Theatre Review

The Latin American Theatre Review (LATR) is published twice per year by The University of Kansas’ Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center of Latin American Studies. Founded in 1967, LATR covers all aspects of Latina/o and Latin American theatre and performance and is one of the premiere scholarly journals in its field.

** From the The Johns Hopkins University Press:

Wallace Stevens 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 The Journal regularly features previously unpublished primary or archival material and photographs, as well as interpretive criticism of the writer’s poetry and essays, theoretical reflections, biographical and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 art work. Increasingly international in orientation, this double-blind peer-reviewed journal welcomes a diversity of approaches and perspectives. Sponsored by The Wallace Stevens Society.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by browsing the database: Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama brings together more than 250 plays, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information. The collection begins with the works of Sadakichi Hartmann in the late nineteenth century and includes contemporary playwrights, such as Philip Kan Gotanda, Elizabeth Wong, and Jeannie Barroga. Some 50% of these plays have never been published before.

In the late nineteenth century, when Asian American drama made its debut, the spotlight was firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge established theatrical conventions by calling attention to issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized.

The plays have relevance well beyond the study of literature, drama, and Asian American studies. They present views of important historical events, such as the construction of the railroads in the nineteenth century, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Vietnam conflict. The plays also address sociological issues, such as assimilation, integration, and cultural identity in a Western context. The effect of Western religion is also examined. For example, David Henry Hwang’s Family Devotions deals with evangelism and religious identity as experienced by Chinese Americans. By reenacting experiences familiar to audiences, these plays provide opportunities for viewers to examine their own reactions to racism and other experiences of their ethnicity.

The collection is comprehensive. Significant plays have been targeted for inclusion, such as M. Butterfly (Hwang), Chickencoop Chinaman (Chin), Talk-Story (Barroga), Morning Has Broken (Houston), Yankee Dawg You Die (Gotanda), Bitter Cane (Lim), Letters to a Student Revolutionary (Wong), And the Soul Shall Dance (Yamauchi), and A Language of Their Own (Yew). In addition to well-known works, the collection includes items by emerging and less familiar playwrights, including Prince Gomolvilas, Uma Parameswaran, and Bina Sharif.

Asian American Drama represents the various ethnicities within the Asian American community. Along with many works by writers of Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Chinese descent, the collection includes plays by writers of Hawaiian, Indian, Thai, Korean, Persian, and Malaysian ancestry.