Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 713. Thursday, 4 November 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 03 Nov 1993 10:00:43 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0699 Re: SHAKSPER FAQ
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0699 Re: SHAKSPER FAQ
Bill Godshalk's idea is a good one, although I would join the mass who can't
find time to do the work involved. However, I think the FAQ idea is (a)
distinct from that project and (b) not really appropriate in SHAKSPER's case.
My reasons for (b) are different from Hardy's and I think somewhat subjective,
but that hasn't stopped any of us before... :-)
In my experience, the kind of questions in an FAQ are limited and can be
answered simply and definitively. If the subject of this list were, say,
baseball, the FAQ might contain things like "What is the infield fly rule?" and
"Under what circumstances does a run count on a play where the batter is out at
first?" But the questions that stir themselves when I think of Shakespeare are,
say, the authorship question, the sexuality question -- in other words,
*controversies* rather than questions. Debate still goes on about these
topics, and still we don't have definitive answers. I'm not sure what kind of
questions we have in mind for such a list, so I'm kind of out on a limb here.
My two cents.
The Graduate School