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My Description of SHAKSPER
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.085  Friday, 17 January 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, January 17, 2003
Subject:        My Description of SHAKSPER

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I thank everyone for the responses I received from my query of
yesterday. I have decided not to use the characterizations that I was
asking about then. Instead, I am simply going to attempt to describe the
variety of backgrounds the members bring to the list. Below is what I
have written in that regard. Private comments are welcome.


SHAKSPER is an international "electronic seminar" that enables ongoing
discussion of all things Shakespearean.  Technically, an e-mail
distribution list, it uses LISTSERV software to deliver, archive, and
manage its digests.  The list currently includes approximately 1,300
SHAKSPEReans from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Bermuda, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia/Hrvatska,
Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South
Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago,
Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Ukraine, and
Wales.  Many prominent Shakespearean textual scholars and
bibliographers, editors and critics are members, but university,
college, and community-college professors, high-school teachers,
undergraduate and graduate students, actors, theatre professionals,
authors, poets, playwrights, librarians, computer scientists, lawyers,
doctors, and other interested persons are also active participants.  The
great variety of SHAKSPEReans is an integral part of what makes the
discussions so wide-ranging and interesting to all.  SHAKSPER does
strive, however, to focus on the scholarly by offering the opportunity
for the formal exchanges of ideas through queries and responses
regarding literary, critical, textual, theoretical, and performative
topics and issues; announcements of conferences, of calls for papers, of
seminars, of lectures, of symposiums, of job openings, of the
publication of books, of the availability of online and print articles,
of Internet databases and resources, of journal contents, of festivals,
and of academic programs of study as well as reviews of scholarly books,
of past and present theatrical productions, and of Shakespeare and
Shakespeare-inspired films.  SHAKSPER further provides occasions for
spontaneous informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a sense
of belonging to a worldwide scholarly community.

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