Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0017. Sunday, 7 January 1996.
Date: Sunday, January 7, 1996
Subject: Request for Essays for the SHAKSPER Fileserver
Yesterday, G. L. Horton sent me a long review she wrote for *AisleSay* of the
American Repertory Theatre's *Tempest*; this occasion provides me the perfect
opportunity to make a plea to the membership I had intended to make anyway.
In the past few days, you have heard a lot about the SHAKSPER Fileserver. Let
me explain a bit more about it. LISTSERV's main purpose is to distribute mail
to groups of people; however, these mail messages can be stored in logs --
notebooks, organized in our case weekly. These notebooks then can be retrieved
by members of a list. (As I mentioned, UNIX does not currently support the
DATABASE FUNCTION, which allows members to search these notebooks by keywords;
however, L-Soft intends to include this function in the next version of
LISTSERV, due at the end of 1996.) In any case, these logs are available on
what is called a Fileserver. To retrieve a log, members send a command like
Having this capacity means that other files can be made available in the same
manner. In fact, when you first inquired about membership in SHAKSPER, you
received a "how to subscribe" letter that encouraged you to submit a recent
essay for inclusion on the SHAKSPER Fileserver. With the MLA just passed and
the ISA approaching, I would like to ask members to consider sharing their
papers with other members by having them available through the Fileserver. All
copyright is presumed to reside solely with you, the author, and will remain
there. Published articles are also welcome, but you should obtain prior
permission from your publisher for them. Placing an essay for an up-coming
meeting enables you to obtain responses from other SHAKSPEReans and to share
your work with them as "electronic auditors." Placing essays that have already
been presented or published serves as another avenue to disseminate your ideas.
Such contributions should be in ASCII text form, with fewer than 70 characters
per line, and with footnotes/endnotes in brackets at the appropriate location
in the text.
Please consult the SHAKSPER FILES file to find out what scholarly papers are
currently available, and please do consider submitting something of your own.
I should add that these files are ONLY retrievable by members of SHAKSPER and
that you should include any appropriate statement you would like about further
use or distribution -- i.e., "This paper is not to be reproduced or distributed
in any form without the express permission of the author."