Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 124. Wednesday, 3 March 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 3 March 1993
Subject: The SHAKSPER Membership
Earlier today, I addressed the latest copy of the SHAKSPER Membership File to
the list address rather than to LISTSERV as I intended. As a result, all
members of SHAKSPER received this file. Although I did not intend this to
happen, my mistake provides me with the occasion to inform everyone of the
current state of the SHAKSPER membership.
Last summer, I announced as a goal having a membership of more than 300 by the
end of 1992. This goal was actually accomplished a few weeks into January
1993. Currently, SHAKSPER boasts 307 active members with new requests for
information about joining arriving almost every day. Our members reside in
twelve countries around the world: Australia, Brazil, Britain, France,
Germany, Israel, Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, and the
United States. We are truly a global conference.
We also are a diverse group. We are professors and high school teachers,
graduates and undergraduates, academics and theatre professionals, computer
scientists and librarians, and lots of folks who are simply interested in the
works of Shakespeare, the Renaissance, English Literature, and Drama. If you
would like to find more about who we are, you may consider reading through the
SHAKSPER BIOGRAFY files, which now number ten volumes. These files may be
retrieved individually or as a set. To obtain the complete set, send the
There have been in the past few months some extremely interesting discussions
carried out on SHAKSPER, but there are nearly four years of discussions that
preceded these. If you are interested in reviewing any of these, there are
four index files on the fileserver that you should know about:
DISCUSS INDEX_1 An index to the first year's discussions on SHAKSPER.
DISCUSS INDEX_2 An index to the second year's discussions on SHAKSPER.
DISCUSS INDEX_3 An index to the third year's discussions on SHAKSPER.
DISCUSS INDEX_4 An index to the fourth year's discussions on SHAKSPER.
You may also wish to examine SHAKSPER FILES: a descriptive listing of the
SHAKSPER fileserver's contents.
SHAKSPEReans can retrieve any of the above files from the SHAKSPER fileserver
by issuing the interactive command, "TELL LISTSERV AT UTORONTO GET <filename>
<filetype> SHAKSPER". If your network link does not support the interactive
"TELL" command (i.e. if you are not directly on Bitnet), or if LISTSERV
rejects your request, then send a one-line mail message (without a subject
line) to LISTSERV@utoronto, reading "GET <filename> <filetype> SHAKSPER".
Let me also remind everyone that the SHAKSPER LOGs are now available through
GOPHER, which supports searching by keyword within each monthly log for ready
access to information.
If you have any questions, you may, as always, feel free to contact me.
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER