Shakespeare's Myths

This bibliography applies only to the myth studied in this entry. Full references to more general works on early modern mythology cited in the Analysis are to be found in the General Bibliography.

Coates, John.  “The Choice of Hercules in Antony and Cleopatra.”  Shakespeare Survey 31 (1978): 45-52.

Cousins, A. D.  “Shakespeare’s Hamlet 1.2.153.”  Explicator 62:1 (October 2003): 5-7.

Crichton, Andrew B.  “Hercules Shaven: A Centering Mythic Metaphor in Much Ado About Nothing.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 16 (1975): 619-26.

Economou, George D.  “Hercules in the Mind: Mythographic Tradition and the Reference in Hamlet.”  In The Mythographic Art: Classical Fable and the Rise of the Vernacular in Early France and England, ed. Jane Chance. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1990. 246-56.

Galinsky, Karl G.  The Herakles Theme: The Adaptations of the Hero in Literature from Homer to the Twentieth Century.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1972.

Galloway, David. “Alcides and His Rage: A Note on The Merchant of Venice”. Notes and Queries 3, N. S. (1956): 330-31.

Hillman, Richard.  “Antony, Hercules, and Cleopatra: ‘the bidding of the gods’ and ‘the subtlest maze of all’.”  Shakespeare Quarterly 38 (1987): 442-51.

Hopkins, Lisa.  “What's Hercules to Hamlet? The Emblematic Garden in The Spanish Tragedy andHamlet.”  Hamlet Studies  21:1-2 (1999): 114-43. See especially pp. 126-31.

Jones-Davies, Marie-Thérèse.  “Shakespeare and the Myth of Hercules.”  Transl. by A. J. Hoenselaars. In Reclamations of Shakespeare, ed. A. J. Hoenselaars. Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994. 57-74.

Jung, Marc-René. Hercule dans la littérature française du XVIsiècle: de l’Hercule courtois à l’Hercule baroque. Geneva: Droz, 1966.

Kuhl, E. P. “Hercules in Spenser and Shakespeare”. The Times Literary Supplement 31 (December 1954): 860.

Lafont, Agnès.  “Compositions et recompositions mythiques autour de la figure d’Hercule dansCoriolan.”  In Coriolan de William Shakespeare, ed. A. Lafont, avec la collaboration de Frédéric Delord. Montpellier: IRCL, 2007.

Lyle, E. B.  “Two Parallels in Macbeth to Seneca's Hercules Oetaeus.”  English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature 53 (1972): 109-12.

Mc Intyre, Jean. “Spenser’s Herculean Heroes”. Humanities Association Bulletin 17 (1966): 5-12.

Miola, Robert S.  “Othello Furens.”   Shakespeare Quarterly 41:1 (Spring 1990): 49-64.

Mommsen, Theodor E. “Petrarch and the Story of the Choice of Hercules”. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 16 (1953): 178-92.

Panofsky, Erwin. Hercules am Scheidewege, Studien der Bibliothek Warburg XVIII. Leipzig / Berlin: Teubner, 1930.

Panofsky, Erwin. Hercule à la croisée des chemins. Paris: Flammarion, 1999. [French translation of Panofsky 1930]

Peyré, Yves. “Niobe and the Nemean Lion: Reading Hamlet in the Light of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.”  In Shakespeare's Ovid: The Metamorphoses in the Plays and Poems, ed. A. B. TaylorCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 126-34.

Robertson, Patricia R.  “‘This Herculean Roman’: Shakespeare’s Antony and the Hercules Myth.” Publications of the Arkansas Philological Association 10:2 (Fall 1984): 65-75.

Schanzer, Ernest.  “Hercules Oetaeus and King John.”   Notes and Queries 3 (1956): 509-10.

Schanzer, Ernest. “Hercules and His Load.”   Review of English Studies 19 (73) (1968): 51-53.

Shulman, Jeff.  “At the Crossroads of Myth: The Hermeneutics of Hercules from Ovid to Shakespeare.”  ELH 50:1 (Spring 1983): 83-105.

Skretkowicz, Victor. “Hercules in Sidney and Spenser”. Notes and Queries 27 (1980): 306-10.

Tietze-Conrat, E. “Notes on Hercules at the Crossroads”. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 14 (1951): 305-09.

Truax, Elizabeth.  “Macbeth and Hercules: The Hero Bewitched.”  In Drama and the Classical Heritage: Comparative and Critical Studies, eds. C. Davidson, R. Johnson and J. H. Stroupe. New York: AMS Press, 1993. 159-73.

Waddington, Raymond B. “Prometheus and Hercules: The Dialectic of Bussy d’Ambois”. ELH 34 (1967): 21-48.

Waith, Eugene.  The Herculean Hero in Marlowe, Chapman, Shakespeare and Dryden.  London: Chatto & Windus, 1962. See especially Chapter 5, “Shakespeare,” pp.112-43.

Zimmermann, Heiner.  “Macbeth and Hercules.”  Renaissance Studies 20:3 (June 2006): 356-78.


How to cite

Charlotte Coffin.  “Hercules.”  2009.  In A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Classical Mythology, ed. Yves Peyré.

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