List of Selected Readings 

Aasand, Hardin. " 'The young, the beautiful, the harmless, and the pious': Contending with Ophelia in the Eighteenth Century." In Reading Readings: Essays on Shakespeare Editing in the Eighteenth Century. Edited by Joanna Gondris. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997. 224-243. 

Blankenship, Harmonie.  Online bibliography of selected works on Ophelia in Hamlet Haven.

Bronfen, Elisabeth. Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Brooks, Jean R. “Hamlet and Ophelia as Lovers: Some Interpretations on Page and Stage.” Aligorh Critical Miscellany 4.1 (1991): 1-25. 

Cartelli, Thomas, and Katherine Rowe. New Wave Shakespeare on Screen (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007).

Cartmell, Deborah. "Reading and Screening Ophelia: 1948-1996." Shakespeare Yearbook 8 (1997): 28-41. Also published in Cartmell, Deborah. Interpreting Shakespeare on Screen. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.

Cousseau, Anne. "Ophélie : histoire d'un mythe fin de siècle." Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France, 1/2001 (Vol. 101), 105-122.

Desmet, Christy, and Robert Sawyer (eds.). Shakespeare and Appropriation.  London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

Dijkstra, Bram. Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Donaldson, Peter S. "Remediation. Hamlet among the Pixelvisionaries: Video Art, Authenticity, and 'Wisdom' in Almereyda's Hamlet." In A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen. Edited by Dianne E Henderson (Oxford and Maldon, MA: Blackwell, 2006), 216-37.

Floyd-Wilson, Mary. "Ophelia and Femininity in the Eighteenth Century: 'Dangerous Conjectures in ill-breeding minds.'" Women's Studies 21 (1992): 397-409.

Fraser, R. Scott. "On Ophelia." In Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. Edited by Holger Klein and James L. Harner. Shakespeare Yearbook 11. Lewiston: Mellen, 2000. 238-59.

Hamana, Emi. "Let Women's Voices Be Heard: A Feminist Re-Vision of Ophelia." Shakespeare Studies (Shakespeare Society of Japan) 26 (1987-88): 21-40. 

Hamletworks. This website provides access to a very large body of material having to do with Hamlet.

Kiefer, Carol (ed.). The Myth and Madness of Ophelia. Amherst: Mead Art Museum, 2001.

Larque, Thomas (compiler). Ophelia Bibliography. Online document: (accessed December 17 2018). 

Larque, Thomas (compiler and editor). Digitized copies of some important essays on Ophelia: (accessed July1, 2010).

Miyoshi, Alex. "Ophelia's Choice: Visual Representations of the Lady in the Water in 19th Century." Online document with illustrations: (accessed 9 November 2011).

Peterson, Kaara. "Framing Ophelia: Representation and the Pictorial Tradition." Mosaic 31: no. 3 (1998): 1-24. 

Peterson, Kaara, and Deanne Williams. The Afterlife of Ophelia. Reproducing Shakespeare. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Presley, Erin. "'Ol' Billy Shakes': Shakespeare in the Blogosphere,"Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare Appropriation, 2:2 (Fall/Winter 2006) (accessed 4 January 4, 2010)

Raby, Peter. Fair Ophelia: A Life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Rhodes, Kimberly. Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. 

Roberts, Katherine. “The Wandering Womb: Classical Medical Theory and the Formation of Female Characters in Hamlet.” Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly 15 (1995): 223-32.

Rodenburg, Katja. ik, Ophelia. Amsterdam: Uitgevery Sinds, 2007.

Romanska, Magda. "NecrOphelia: Death, Femininity and the Making of Modern Aesthetics." Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts 10: no. 3, (2005): 35-53.

Romanska, Magda. "Ontology and Eroticism: Two Bodies of Ophelia." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 34: no. 6 (September 2005): 485-503.

Santing, Catrien, with Flos Wildschut, and Krien Clevis (eds.). Ophelia, Sehnsucht, melancholie en doodsverlangen. Amsterdam: De Buitenkant, 2009.

Scolnicov, Hanna. "Intertextuality and Realism in Three Versions of Hamlet: The Willow Speech and the Aesthetics of Cinema." In Shakespeare and the Visual Arts. Edited by Holger Klein and James Harner. Shakespeare Yearbook 11. Lewiston: Mellen, 2000. 227-237.

Scolnicov, Hanna. "Gertrude's Willow Speech: Word and Film Image." Literature/Film Quarterly 28 (2000): 101-111.

Showalter, Elaine. "Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism." In Shakespeare and the Question of Theory. Edited by Patricia Parker, Geoffrey Hartman. London: Methuen, 1985. 77-94.

Tiburi, Marcia. "Ofelia morta - do discurso a imagens," Estudos Feministas, Florianopolis, 18:2 (Maio-Agosto, 2010): 301-318. (accessed 28 April, 2012)

Traub, Valerie. "Jewels, Statues, and Corpses: Containment of Female Erotic Power in Shakespeare's Plays." Shakespeare Studies 20 (1988): 215-238.

Vest, James. The French Face of Ophelia from Belleforest to Baudelaire. Lanham and London: University Press of America, 1989.

Vest, James. "Reflections of Ophelia (and of Hamlet) in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 22 no.1 (1989): 1-9.

Young, Alan R. "The Ophelia Phenomenon." In Hamlet and the Visual Arts: 1709-1900. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2002. 279-345.

Young, Alan R. "Ophelia in the Eighteenth-Century Visual Arts." In Emblem Studies in Honour of Peter M. Daly. Edited by Michael Bath, Pedro F. Campa, and Daniel S. Russell. Baden-Baden: Verlag Valentin Koerner, 2002. 239-71. 

Young, Alan R. "Sarah Bernhardt's Ophelia," Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, 8:1 (Spring/Summer 2013) (