Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 483. Thursday, 12 August 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 11 Aug 1993 10:08:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0478 Q: MIT Multimedia Presentations at SAA
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0478 Q: MIT Multimedia Presentations at SAA
The April SAA meeting's Plenary Session "The Computer and the Study of
Shakespeare in Performance" was moderated by David Bevington (Chicago).
The presenters included Janet H. Murray (MIT) on "The Shakespeare Interactive
Archive and the Evolution of Literary Hypermedia," Larry Friedlander (Stanford)
on "Multimedia and Theater: From Performance Theory to Performance Practice,"
and Peter S. Donaldson (MIT) on "Ghostly Texts and Virtual Performances: Old
Hamlet in New Media." The MIT project centers on Hypermedia/Hypertext
constructions that currently focus on ROMEO AND JULIET and HAMLET. The
big-screen show was both exciting and impressive. As an interactive pedagogica
tool, such texts will open doors and windows to vistas that students of
Shakespeare will find refreshing as well as clarifying. Bernice Kliman,
coordinator of the MLA New Variorum HAMLET team, is in working contact with the
MIT group. Certainly initiatives like this will prove their scholarly worth
beyond classroom applications. As Bernice has already said on more than one
occasion, hypermedia/hypertext is a variorum format for the computer-age.