2001

The Third British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0147  Tuesday, 23 January 2001

From:           Janet Costa <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 22 Jan 2001 01:22:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        The Third British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2001

The Third British Graduate Shakespeare Conference 2001 will take place
on 28, 29, 30 June 2001 at The Shakespeare Institute,
Stratford-upon-Avon.

The conference is open to any registered student engaged in postgraduate
research on any aspect of Shakespeare and his contemporaries at any
institution in the world.

For further details, please check the website:

www.geocities.com/BritGrad

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. Janet Costa
The Shakespeare Institute
Mason Croft, Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP England

Re: Gilligan's Island and Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0146  Tuesday, 23 January 2001

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 18:27:41 -0500
Subject: 12.0136 Gilligan's Island and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0136 Gilligan's Island and Shakespeare

I have a tape of the episode if anyone would like a dub of it.

Re: Shaxicon

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0144  Tuesday, 23 January 2001

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 19:38:07 -0000
Subject: 12.0134 Re: Shaxicon
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0134 Re: Shaxicon

David Kathman writes

>Shaxicon indexes words (in the sense of dictionary
>entries) rather than strings.  Two occurrences of the
>same string may represent different words, while
>several different strings may all represent variants
>of the same word.  Sorting the text into words (as
>opposed to strings) cannot be done by computer,
>though a computer can give you a start

This extract from David's very full answer is the gist of it: SHAXICAN
needs a lemmatized etext of the complete works to be doing what SHAXICON
does. I shall go looking for one. (I recall that H. Joachim Neuhaus's
"Shakespeare Database" project was intended to help those of us for whom
this word/string distinction requires hard thinking.)

In the meantime, SHAXICAN has been updated so that Stage (3), producing
a list of the rare words (or rather strings, as David points out) for
each character, is half-way solved. I've written a script which
separates out the 1047 "parts" (i.e., characters' collections of
speeches) in the Shakespeare canon and writes each out to a separate
file. It still remains to sift out those words which aren't "rare" and
to count the occurrences of the remaining ones. (This shouldn't be too
hard, since Stage (2) produced a list of the rare words.)

Gabriel Egan

Performing 'The Tempest

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0145  Tuesday, 23 January 2001

From:           Victor Bennison <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 14:42:00 EST
Subject: 11.1432 Performing 'The Tempest'
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1432 Performing 'The Tempest'

I'm going to be directing "The Tempest" this May at Daniel Webster
College in Nashua, NH, under the auspices of a local community theatre
group.  The question I have which I haven't found an answer for yet in
the dozens of books on the Tempest I've been reading is this; is the
play usually performed without dramaturgical cuts?  i.e., Is the play as
it stands, say in the first folio, of reasonable length, say two to
three hours, for performance in front of a typical modern audience?
Thanks, and I'm sure I may have more questions as the rehearsals begin
and progress.

Victor Bennison

Re: Hamlet's Family

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0143  Tuesday, 23 January 2001

From:           L. Swilley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 11:04:19 -0600
Subject: 12.0125 Re: Hamlet's Family
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0125 Re: Hamlet's Family

Ms. Peterson-Kranz wrote,

"If we play the "what if-speculation" game, it seems like part of
Claudius's master plan might have been to get rid of Hamlet, THEN find a
way of getting rid of Gertrude ...  And of course, if Claudius managed
to eliminate Gertrude while Hamlet was on his way to his death in
England, he wouldn't have to explain it to her at all."

But Claudius, in his soliloquy, says he is "still possessed of those
effects for which I did the murder -... my queen."   I suppose that
"queen" here might indeed be construed as merely another aspect of his
political ambitions, as Ms. Peterson-Kranz suggests, but it would
dangerously lighten Claudius' character if his problem is not extended
by a passionate love for this lady.

L. Swilley

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