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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)
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      Subject:      A Word of Explanation
 
(2)   Date:         Sun, 14 Oct 90 09:34:19 EDT              (53 lines)
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      Subject:      World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
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      Subject:      World Shakespeare Bibliography
 
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Date:         Thu, 25 Oct 90 17:15:25 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <
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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
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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
 
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Date:   Thu, 25 Oct 90 14:40:54 EDT
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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
 

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