The project aims at a comprehensive study of Shakespeare’s heritage and its global significance. The project’s ultimate goal is to develop, implement and publish an electronic dictionary “The World of Shakespeare: An Electronic Encyclopaedia” as a free web resource.
The team members attempt to fulfil various academic tasks that include a thorough comprehension and all-round representation of the importance of Shakespeare for Russian culture and for the rest of the world. The urgency of this research issue consists in an absolute necessity to systematize the extensive data about the inclusion of Shakespeare into the worldwide cultural thesaurus with a view to a deeper understanding of Russian culture. The specification of the problem lies in revealing the uniqueness of the world of Shakespeare and in the enhancement of the significance of the Russian tradition in the reception of and research into the British playwright’s legacy in the world of Shakespeare studies.