1990

Creative Anachronisms in USA

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 89. Wednesday, 31 Oct 1990.
 
Date:   Wed, 31 Oct 90 13:08:00 EST
From:   "Thomas W Hocking" <STARMAN@UNC>
Subject: 1.0088  Creative Anachronisms
Comment: Re:      SHK 1.0088  Creative Anachronisms
 
As a matter of fact, there is a "creative anachronism" group in the
USA--the same one as you were familiar with in Toronto.  The name of
the organization is THE SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM, INC.  They
(or should I say "We"--I'm a member) are headquartered in Milpitas, CA.
Branches can be found the world over.  Send private e-mail to me for
more information.
 
Tom Hocking   Chapel Hill, NC/USA

Creative Anachronisms

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 88. Tuesday, 30 Oct 1990.
 
Date:         Mon, 29 Oct 90 13:42:58 CST
From:         Hardin Aasand <DS014805@NDSUVM1>
Subject:      Creative Anachronisms
 
Ken,
 
Could you or any fellow Shakespeareans respond to the following query: one
of my Survey of British Lit. students desires to become a member of a creative
anachronism group.  Do you know of any up here in the Midwest, specifically
in North Dakota?  I know that one existed in Toronto when I was there, and I
am hoping that perhaps a group has extended to the hinterland of the Great
Plains states.  Thanks for your help.
 
 
                                 Hardin Aasand
                                 DS014805

New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver (52)

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 86. Thursday, 25 Oct 1990.
 
Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 90 11:35:21 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject:      New on the SHAKSPER Fileserver
 
 
Today I have added three files to the "Reference Files" area of the
SHAKSPER Fileserver.
 
OXFORD ARCHIVE is an updated list of medieval and renaissance English
texts available through the Oxford Text Archive.  This new version of
the file includes very valuable descriptive information, regarding the
origin and format of the texts available.
 
OXFORD BROCHURE is a general introduction to the Oxford Text Archive,
accompanied by order forms and ordering information.
 
WATERLOO TEXTBASE contains detailed information supplied by the
Centre for the New Oxford English Dictionary, at the University of
Waterloo, Ontario.  The project has adapted the Oxford University Press
electronic Complete Works of William Shakespeare (modern spelling) for
use with the retrieval software used for the generation of the new OED.
This file also includes a summary of the project, which recently appeared
in *Canadian Humanities Computing* 4.3 (September 1990).
 
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World Shakespeare Bibliography (146)

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 87. Thursday, 25 Oct 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 90 17:15:25 EDT              (15 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
      Subject:      A Word of Explanation
 
(2)   Date:         Sun, 14 Oct 90 09:34:19 EDT              (53 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
      Subject:      World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
(3)   Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 90 14:40:54 EDT              (55 lines)
      From:         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      Subject:      World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
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Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 90 17:15:25 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject:      A Word of Explanation
 
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
 
Although I sent the following correspondence to Professors Harner and
Meserole privately, it was evidently taken as a public inquiry to
which they have responded in a public form, so I here reprint both
sides of the exchange for the conference as a whole.  I welcome
suggestions and comments from any and all members, and encourage
responses to the queries posed below.
 
                                              Ken Steele
                                              University of Toronto
 
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Date:         Sun, 14 Oct 90 09:34:19 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject:      World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
Dear Professors Harner & Meserole;
 
Now that the initial frenzy of organizing SHAKSPER appears to have
subsided, I have turned my attention to broadening the scope of electronic
resources which the conference can make available to Shakespearean
scholars.  The Shakespeare Text Archive is one such resource, I believe;
a valuable tool which is not available elsewhere without considerable
inconvenience and/or expense.  Hopefully the SHAKSPER Fileserver can
also become a repository of interesting and valuable information, conference
papers, essays, and articles.
 
Although I was very interested in Professor Harner's paper on the
recomputerization of the World Shakespeare Bibliography, submitted to
Camille Williams' seminar at the Philadelphia SAA, it occurs to me that
I have not inquired further about the project.  Doubtless many other
SHAKSPEReans would also be intrigued to know more about the possible
release of the WSB on CD-ROM.  Does the SAA paper still reflect the
latest word?  Would it be possible to mount an electronic version of
this paper on the SHAKSPER Fileserver, or to publish a revised version
to the conference at large?
 
And in a broader sense, are there ways in which SHAKSPER and the WSB
can be of mutual assistance?  Obviously SHAKSPER is still a fledgling,
but I hope that within months or years it will become a vital part
of the SAA and ISA, and will offer sufficient resources to draw
still more scholars to networking.  Could the WSB make use of a pool
of electronic correspondents, reporting or annotating new publications?
Does the WSB have electronic booklists or materials which could be
mounted on the Fileserver, or databases which could be made available
indirectly, so long as the number of requests was kept manageable?
 
You can probably see the ways in which my mind is working, and I
suspect that you have a fairly good sense of the present state and
future potential of SHAKSPER.  I'd appreciate your suggestions, comments,
and responses.  And incidentally, if you know of Shakespearean scholars
on Bitnet with whom I have not been in touch, I would appreciate that
information as well.
 
Thanks for your time and consideration.
 
                                  Yours,
 
                                  Ken Steele
                                  Editor, SHAKSPER
                                  University of Toronto
 
                                  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
                                   or <KSTEELE@utorepas>
 
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Date:   Thu, 25 Oct 90 14:40:54 EDT
From:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
        My apologies to fellow SHAKSPEReans for the delay in responding to
Ken Steele's inquiry of 14 October. Since we are now preparing to close the
files on the 1989 Bibliography, even electronic mail sometimes remains
unopened.
 
        Yes, Jim Harner's SAA paper still reflects the latest word on
the recomputerization of the World Shakespeare Bibliography. (If SHAKSPEReans
are interested, we can certainly transmit a copy to the SHAKSPER Fileserver.)
We do intend to make the WSB available on CD-ROM (and, in fact, are
negotiating right now for the production of the massive *Cumulative
Shakespeare Bibliography 1958-1979* [CSB] on  CD-ROM) and, possibly, on
disks. Producing electronic versions will, though, have to await our
implementation of a new database system.
 
        Indeed there are ways that SHAKSPER and WSB can be of mutual
assistance.
 
        1. We would welcome offprints of--or at least information about--the
        publications of SHAKSPEReans and their colleagues.
 
        2. We would welcome information about publications, films,
        productions--in short, anything related to Shakespeare--that
        we might overlook in our search of journals, catalogs of
        new books, and the like. We're especially interested in details
        of productions, newspaper reviews of productions and books, and
        articles in general-interest periodicals.
 
        3. We would welcome assistance from SHAKSPEReans who read the
        "lesser-known" languages (i.e., languages other than English,
        French, German, and Spanish) and who have access to journal
        collections in these languages.
 
        4. We would welcome help in tracking down the occasional
        publication that eludes our Committee of Internationl
        Correspondents. For example, we're now looking for the
        following items:
 
        Ardat, Ahmad K. "Signifier, Signified, and Multiplicity of
          Context." *Journal of English* 16 (Sept. 1988): 25-41.
        Dolc, Miguel. "El *Hamlet* de Terenci Moix." *La Vanguardia*
          8 Oct. 1981: 44.
        Ke, Fei. "A Veteran Translator on Translation of Shakespeare."
          *Foreign Language Teaching and Research* 1 (March 1988): 46-51.
 
        5. In general, we would welcome any assistance that would allow
        us to serve the international community of Shakespeare scholars.
 
                        James L. Harner
                        Harrison T. Meserole
                                Editors, WSB

Update from the Rose Theatre Site (61)

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 85. Thursday, 25 Oct 1990.
 
Date:   Thu, 25 Oct 90 09:03:34 EDT
From:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject:  The Rose Theatre
 
25 October 1990
 
   [Personal correspondence deleted here.  The remainder of this
    note should be of interest to all members of SHAKSPER.  KS]
 
   For the Rose and Globe sites I do not have a great deal to report.
Last week I walked past the sites for the first time in weeks.  The
building site over the Rose is very active and the office block has
risen at least 12 levels above the site if not more.  But at least
the nearer to finishing, the sooner archaeologists may hope to
inspect the damage done in the past year (much worse than anything
done in the past 300+ years).
 
   Tuesday evening, 16 Oct, C. Walter Hodges, the artist currently
providing drawings for the Cambridge Shakespeare, gave an illustrated
talk to the Society for Theatre Research to a packed house at Queens
Square here in London.  He entertained listeners with accounts of his
struggle to turn the paltry visual evidence of the first London
playhouses into drawings that fill in the gaps.  This became
particularly interesting last year when the archaeological evidence
started altering things.  He even added an appendix to one of the
Cambridge editions of the Henry 6 plays (Part 1, I think) to
illustrate how the Rose discovery had altered his ideas with its
smaller, shallower stage.
 
   Especially difficult to reconcile was the IRREGULARITY of the
groundplan.  His crisp drawings of a regular 14-sided polygon suddenly
developed a curious bulge as the back mushroomed out when he began
incorporating the alterated foundations of 1592.  The latest drawings
have had to make sense of the fact that Henslowe seems to have had his
front entrance placed too close to the ditch running just before
Maid Lane.  And it seems that the Heavens with descending throne were
not present in phase one.
 
   Hodges paid great praise to Harvey Sheldon of the Greater London
Archaeological Unit of the Museum of London and the two young
archaeologists who unearthed our first physical evidence of the
early theatres in modern times, Julian Bowsher and Simon Blatherwick.
He lamented the fact that they were replaced on the project by
archaeologists more directly under the control of the government
minister.
 
   A book describing the Rose discovery, *The Rose Theatre* by
Christine Eccles is to be published today.  There is some hope that
information about the proposed museum for the Rose site will begin to
appear eventually, but I do not know when.
 
          Stephen Miller  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
          King's College London

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