Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 173. Thursday, 16 July 1992.
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, July 16, 1992
Subject: SHAKSPER's Birthday
On July 16, 1990, Ken Steele and a handful of interested people launched the
SHAKSPER Global Electronic Conference. Today, SHAKSPER continues to thrive
with a current membership of 270 members from 13 countries (the United States,
Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Korea, New Zealand,
Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom), representing 216 nodes.
In the past few weeks, SHAKSPEReans have received digests that have provided
them with current information on the state of the Rose and Globe theatre
sites; that have discussed productions of *Two Gentlemen of Verona*, courses
involving Shakespeare and modern drama, and The Wigmaker's Son-in-law and the
Sonnets; that have announced productions in Washington, DC, Wisconsin, and
Michigan, and a conference in Europe; that have reviewed the New Folger
Shakespeare series as well as Peter Scott's regular updates on New and
Forthcoming Books of interest to SHAKSPEReans and much more.
The SHAKSPER Fileserver now has an index of the first twenty years of *Cahiers
Elisabethians* and will soon become the repository of play and book reviews
that have appeared in *Cahiers*. I also hope within the next few weeks to
announce further cooperatives ventures for creative uses of the SHAKSPER
The past two years have been exciting ones, and the future promises even more.
My goals for the coming year are to expand the uses of the Fileserver and to
increase the membership to over 300. All SHAKSPEReans can help me with these
goals. At the end of this message, you will find appended the SHAKSPER
Conference Announcement from the Fileserver. Please share it with any of your
friends and colleagues who may be interested in becoming members. Also please
feel free to voice your visions for SHAKSPER. What would you like to see as a
part of SHAKSPER? Should we initiate a section on the Fileserver for peer-
reviewed essays? Should we engage in our own mini-conference electronically?
Do you have any ideas for regular features for SHAKSPER? Suggestion can be
sent privately to me or for posting for the Conference as a whole.
Wishing all a Happy SHAKSPER's Birthday,
Hardy M. Cook
S H A K S P E R:
The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
SHAKSPER is the international electronic conference for
Shakespearean researchers, instructors, students, and those who
share their academic interests and concerns. It currently involves
more than 260 Shakespeareans (many of whom are prominent
scholars), ranged geographically from France, Britain, Germany,
Switzerland, to Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Israel, Taiwan,
Korea, Brazil, and Alaska. Membership has continued to grow
rapidly since the group's inception, and a number of national and
international Shakespeare organizations have expressed an interest
in becoming directly involved.
Like the national and international Shakespeare Association
conferences, SHAKSPER offers announcements and bulletins,
scholarly papers, and the formal exchange of ideas -- but
SHAKSPER also offers ongoing opportunities for spontaneous
informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a fresh sense
of worldwide scholarly community. Furthermore, all these benefits
are yours without any travel or expense, beyond whatever you or
your institution may have to pay for electronic mail itself.
The SHAKSPER Fileserver offers conference papers and
abstracts, an Index to Scholarly Works in Progress, an International
Directory of Shakespeare Institutes, a Directory of Shakespearean
Conferences and Calls for Papers, biographies of conference
members, and a variety of announcements and bibliographies.
Members of a number of seminars at the upcoming Shakespeare
Association of America Conference will find their colleagues ready
to share papers, comments, and strategies in advance.
SHAKSPEReans also gain indirect access to the SHAKSPER
Quarto/Folio Textbase: a 17-megabyte textbase of all 55
substantive quarto and folio texts of the 38 plays, and an
invaluable tool for textual, bibliographical, or critical research.
The daily SHAKSPER digests are organized by subject for the
readers' convenience, based on the model of the Bitnet seminar
HUMANIST. Conference announcements, Shakespeare Association
bulletins, member notes and queries, book and theatre reviews,
textual debate, discussion of lecture strategies -- SHAKSPER has
already logged all this and much more. (And although computer
technology plays an obvious role in the medium of discussion, it
does not dominate the actual content of SHAKSPER's discussion.)
Technically, SHAKSPER is a Listserv "list" running under
VM/CMS on an IBM 4381 at the University of Toronto, Canada. It
is known as <SHAKSPER@utoronto> on NetNorth/CAnet in Canada;
Bitnet in the United States, South America and Asia; EARN in
Europe, Africa, and Asia; ANSP in Brazil; and GULFNET in the
Arabian Peninsula. The list editor, Hardy M. Cook, is an
Associate Professor of English at Bowie State University in
Maryland, and can be contacted at <
No academic qualifications are required for membership in
SHAKSPER, and anyone interested in English Literature, the
Renaissance, or Drama is welcome to join us. Write to the editor,
or issue the command "TELL LISTSERV@utoronto SUB SHAKSPER
firstname lastname," and you will receive a more detailed
information file with further instructions for becoming a
SHAKSPERean. (SHAKSPER is not open to automatic subscription,
but no one is refused.)