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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0319.  Wednesday, 19 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Joyce Litster <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 11:44:24 +0059 (EDT)
        Subj:   1995 Stratford Seminars
 
(2)     From:   Peter Scott <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Apr 1995 05:46:55 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Alabama Shakespeare Festival
 
(3)     From:   Marty Hyatt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Apr 1995 10:25:23 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   RFD: humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Joyce Litster <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Apr 1995 11:44:24 +0059 (EDT)
Subject:        1995 Stratford Seminars
 
The 1995 McMaster University Seminars on Shakespeare and the Theatre will be
held in Stratford, Ontario, July 10-15, 1995.  The announcement is below.
Apologies to those who received it more than once.
 
              The Centre for Continuing Education
                      McMaster University
 
                           ANNOUNCES
 
     THE STRATFORD SEMINARS ON SHAKESPEARE AND THE THEATRE
                      Thirty-Sixth Season
                       July 10-15, 1995
                      Stratford, Ontario
 
Every year since 1960, McMaster University has conducted a 6- day seminar for
theatre and Shakespeare enthusiasts in Stratford, Ontario.  The program is held
in association with the Stratford Festival and begins with a get-acquainted
reception on Monday evening, July 15.  During the week, participants attend
seven performances (Macbeth, The Country Wife, Long Day's Journey Into Night,
The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Gondoliers, The Boyfriend, A Comedy of Errors),
engage in formal and informal discussion with scholars, Festival cast and
production people, attend lectures on the plays, learn a little about back
stage and production, meet some of the Festival cast, and soak up the ambiance
of Canada's festival town.
 
Three types of Seminar memberships are available:
 
Type 1: Includes tickets to 7 performances, all seminar activities, 5 lunches
and 4 dinners at the Stratford Country Club, 6 nights' accommodations in a
Stratford guest home. Fee:  $860  Cdn.*
 
Type 2: Includes tickets to 7 performances, all seminar activities, and 5
lunches and 4 dinners at the Stratford Country Club.  Participants arrange
their own accommodations. Fee:  $664 Cdn.*
 
Type 3:  Includes tickets to 7 performances, and all seminar activities.
Participants arrange their own accommodations and all meals. Fee:  $514 Cdn.*
 
*Fees are quoted in Canadian dollars.  Because of the difference in the
exchange rate, the fees are considerably less in American dollars.  We accept
VISA & Mastercard.
 
To receive our brochure and have your name placed on our snail-mailing list,
please contact:
 
Joyce Litster
Co-ordinator, Stratford Seminars
Centre for Continuing Education
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada     L8S 4K1
Telephone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23329
FAX: (905) 546-1690
Toll-free message line 1-800-463-6223 (Canada, Northeastern
and Central U.S.)
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From:           Peter Scott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Apr 1995 05:46:55 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Alabama Shakespeare Festival
 
                Alabama Shakespeare Festival
                Montgomery, AL, US
 
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is the fifth largest Shakespeare Festival in
the world. Our homepage includes schedules, information about the Festival, and
links to some of the best theatre resources on the Net.
 
          http://www.wsnet.com/~jtu3/ASF.bulletin.html
 
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From:           Marty Hyatt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Apr 1995 10:25:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        RFD: humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
 
                        REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION
     unmoderated group humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
 
     Group Name:  humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
         Status:  unmoderated
   Distribution:  world-wide
        Summary:  poetry, plays, and history of author William Shakespeare
    Proposed by:  Marty Hyatt <
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This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) on the subject of creating an
unmoderated Usenet newsgroup:
 
            humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
 
This message initiates a discussion period to consider the creation of a
humanities.literature.english.shakespeare newsgroup.  Discussion will take
place on news.groups.  All follow-up posts should be made to news.groups.
 
CHARTER
 
The proposed moderated newsgroup humanities.literature.english.shakespeare
will be for discussion of:
 
1> the plays and poems of William Shakespeare and other English writers of
   the 16th and 17th centuries.
2> the life and times of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
3> the production, staging, and acting of Shakespeare's plays, and of
   current and past productions of Shakespeare's plays.
4> Shakespeare's influence and impact on subsequent literature and
   culture.
5> Shakespeare's authorship including his sources, allusions in his works,
   publication of his works, possible collaborations, and possible
   pseudonymity.
 
RATIONALE
 
humanities.literature.english.shakespeare will provide a specific newsgroup for
the discussion of the works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has been
discussed frequently in rec.arts.theatre.plays and occasionally in
rec.arts.books.  There is also a listserv list, SHAKSPER, devoted to
Shakespeare.  But there is no usenet newsgroup specifically for the discussion
of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  Shakespeare was both a poet and a
dramatist.  And his preeminent position in literature is widely accepted.
 
It seems appropriate to initiate humanities.literature.* with a group devoted
to Shakespeare.  It may be that no Shakespeare group had been proposed
previously because of the seeming limitations of the existing hierarchies with
respect to an author such as Shakespeare.  Theatre lovers tell us that his
plays were written for the stage, rather than for publication; poetry lovers
treasure the sonnets; scholars never tire of dissecting his works and those of
his contemporaries.  While it is not expected that these various Shakespeare
lovers will coexist in perfect harmony, a humanities.literature.* hierarchy
seems to encompass these interests better than existing groups such as
rec.arts.theatre.plays or rec.arts.books.
 
The creation of h.l.e.s. will also initiate a division of
humanities.literature.* by language (rather than by author, for example).
Although there will be a few exceptional authors that will be difficult to
place, this arrangement will have the advantage of allowing appropriate misc
groups (such as humanities.literature.english.misc) at the language level.
There is no reason for this arrangement to preclude other possible logical
divisions of humanities.literature.*.
 
humanities.literature.english.shakespeare will be unmoderated, unlike the
listserv group (SHAKSPER) which is moderated and has banned discussion on
certain subjects such as the possible pseudonymity of the name, Shakespeare.
Support for such censorship on the listserv group was based primarily on the
unwillingness of the editor to read all such posts and the objections of
subscribers to a large volume of mail.  Neither of these difficulties applies
to an unmoderated usenet newsgroup.  There are no plans to gate the new group
to the listserv group.
 
As noted in the charter above, discussion of other English writers of or near
Shakespeare's times is also appropriate in this newsgroup, as there is
considerable overlapping interest by the expected participants of this group.
 
NOTE THE FOLLOWING
 
This is NOT a call for votes.  A Call For Votes (CFV) will be posted 21 to
30 days from now and will be conducted by an independent third party.
 
This RFD is being cross-posted to news.announce.newgroups, news.groups,
humanities.misc, rec.arts.books, and rec.arts.theatre.plays.  It is also
being posted to the listserv list, shaksper@utoronto.  Followups on usenet
should be made to news.groups.
 
Marty Hyatt <
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