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Shakespeare Electronic Conference
Member Biographies - Volume 115

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*Kastan, David Scott <
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David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the
Humanities at Columbia University. He came to Columbia in 1987 from
Dartmouth where he had taught since 1973. He has also taught at
University College London.  He is the author of Shakespeare and the
Shapes of Time (1982); Shakespeare After Theory (1999); Shakespeare and
the Book (2001); co-editor of Staging the Renaissance: Essays on
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (1991) and of The New History of Early
English Drama (1997); and editor of Critical Essays on Shakespeare's
"Hamlet" (1995) and A Companion to Shakespeare (1999).  He serves as a
General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare, and his edition of 1 Henry IV
for that series was published in 2002.  An edition of Marlowe's Dr.
Faustus will be published by Norton next year. He is presently working
on a book called "The Invention of English Literature," a project for
which he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2004, and he also
serves as the General Editor for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of
British Literature . He was the winner of Columbia's Presidential
Teaching Award in 2000.

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*Kahan, Seth <
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Seth Kahan is an Organizational Community Specialist. He has been
recognized by the Center for Association Leadership as a Business
Visionary and serves as a Distinguished Fellow to the Center for
Narrative Studies. Kahan served 13 years at the World Bank as a Senior
Information Officer.
During his programs, Kahan uses storytelling to illustrate the power of
community, highlighting how it can be used to help organizations achieve
strategic objectives. Kahan coined the term, "Business Performance
Communities" to describe groups of people who work together voluntarily
toward goals that benefit organizational performance.

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*Price, John <
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By day, I am a Chartered Accountant, specialising in Taxation. Outside
work, I am a student of the English Renaissance currently putting the
finishing touches to my MA with University College Worcester, which I
started in 2000.

Immediately prior to this degree, I obtained a first in English
Literature with the Open University, a distance learning institution
which tends to attract a high number of mature students. I set out on
this course of late-youth education in order to follow up a lifelong
interest in literature in general and Shakespeare in particular. I have
been an avid theatre goer all my life and recently visited New York's
Public Theatre to see Two Noble Kinsmen, thereby completing my full set
of Shakespearean plays seen in live performance (including Edward III),
a sequence that began over thirty years ago with Measure for Measure at
Stratford.

My main specialist academic interest is the impact of the Reformation on
the Renaissance Stage; I have delivered two papers relating to this
theme to the Shakespeare Institute's Graduate Conference.
For my final submission for my Masters, I am editing the first modern
spelling edition of Dekker's The Noble Spanish Soldier which is to be
published on the Project Gutenberg web site early next year.

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*Fulford, Jerome <
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I am a local Atlanta actor.  Much of the work I have done has been
Shakespearean. I first found a passion for the Bard at Kennesaw
University, a small college near Atlanta, where I studied under Kurt
Daw.  Kurt was associated with the Folger Library and even took a group
of us to the library to see the historical work being done.  It was
thrilling to be among artifacts from Shakespeare's time, and I enjoyed
hearing about all the scholarly work.  I have an interest in original
conditions Shakespeare, and also thanks to Kurt I have had the pleasure
of attending a seminar by Patrick Tucker on the subject.  From there I
took my Shakespeare bug to the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, a medium
semi-equity theater in downtown Atlanta, and on occasion I get to
perform there.  I also perform in other small non-equity theaters in the
Atlanta area.  I would enjoy reading posts made to a well respected
scholarly list service on Shakes works and life. I am subscribed to a
similar service for national recognized theater historians (ASTR-L) and
find the conversations fascinating.  I only play hidden lurker and
seldomly post, except on occasion if I think I have something
interesting to say.

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*Ronkin, Boaz <
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I have graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in British Literature and am
an avid fan of Shakespeare. I have studied the bard's plays at Stratford
last year and have been perusing the relevant scholarly criticism with
the same enthusiasm that Bloom displays toward Falstaff.

I am currently working on a software application that will simplify
textual and contextual analysis of Shakespeare's work. I also wish to
keep abreast of new work conducted in the field. I believe that
subscribing to your list will help me achieve both goals.

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*Perry, Seb <
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Sebastian Perry. Did BA in English at Merton College, Oxford and an MA
in Renaissance Lit. at the University of York. Have returned to Merton
to begin a D.Phil in English. Thesis topic is the development of
tragicomedy on the English stage up to 1642. Am particularly interested
in the transmission of tragicomic theory from the continent and the
different forms that tragicomedy takes on the public and private stages.
Authors that interest me include Guarini, Daniel, Marston, Wilkins,
Heywood, Shakespeare, Fletcher and Massinger.

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*Guarino, Raimondo <
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The main topic of my current research, after  two decades of studies on
Renaissance Theatre in Italy (Ph. D. Dissertation about Performing Arts
in Renaissance Venice, University of Bologna, 1987), is the European
Early Modern Drama and the relationships between performances and books.
I have been a member of the scientific board of the International School
of Theatre Anthropology directed by Eugenio Barba (Holstebro, DK). I
have been involved as artistic collaborator in the International project
of site-specific performances "Citta invisibili" ("Invisible Cities" -
Klagenfurt 1992; Liverpool 1997; Stockholm 1998). Member since 1992 of
the scientific board of the specialized periodical "Teatro e Storia".

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*Zarela, Scot <
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Scot Zarela is a writer living in Cleveland.  He has worked in theater
and film, and has written screen adaptations of three of Shakespeare's
plays.  His chief concerns include: Shakespeare's morality; rhetoric;
conventions of performance; and popular as opposed to coterie theater.

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*Peachman, John <
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In terms of biography there's not a lot to say, I'm afraid. I am not an
academic (my only qualification is a BA from the University of Sydney),
just a private individual with a life-long interest in Shakespeare and
the Elizabethan/Jacobean period (as you understandably wish to exclude
Shakespeare 'authorship' material from SHAKSPER, I will make clear
immediately that I'm not an Oxfordian, Baconian or any other sort of
anti-Stratfordian). Over the years I have privately studied a number of
areas of Shakespeare's life and works, but to date have not consolidated
my ideas into something suitable for publication or general dissemination.
However, I have recently concentrated my time on one particular work,
and feel that I might now have something to contribute to further
discussion of it. The work is 'The Tragical History, Admirable
Atchievments and various events of Guy earl of Warwick' a play published
in 1661. The reason for my interest in this play is that the actual date
of the play may be much earlier than 1661 - around 1593 - and the
character of 'Sparrow' in the play may be an attack on Shakespeare. This
was originally suggested by Alfred Harbage in 1942, and Helen Cooper has
recently written a paper on the same theme. Professor Cooper has been
kind enough to provide me with a copy of her paper, and I have in turn
provided her with some of my own thoughts on the subject. In general, I
am keen to get wide and informed feedback on my ideas, and SHAKSPER is
the obvious choice to help satisfy that aim.  Hopefully, I might
occasionally be able to provide some useful feedback to others in return.

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*Forbes, Seanan <
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I'm a writer, actor, and storyteller (or some combination thereof).  I'm
also a (chronologically) mature student at the University of London,
where I'm on a PhD course: Shakespeare in Japan. I've studied and
performed with the American Globe Theatre in NYC, done storytelling in
Korea, taught theatre workshops in Japan, and am about to have a short
story published in Kalliope (an American literary journal). My current
interests include doing a decent job of editing my short stories and the
next chapter in my thesis, finding information for said thesis, and
pursuing my combined art forms.

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*Bessette, Peg <
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As Literature Product Manager at Gale, Peg Bessette is responsible for
the continued development of the Literature Resource Center, as well as
its component databases: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary
Literary Criticism - Select, and Contemporary Authors. She also manages
What Do I Read Next' Online, and Gale's MLA International Bibliography
offerings on InfoTrac and within Literature Resource Center. Beyond her
online development responsibilities, Peg conceptualizes new print
references in Literature.

In her 13-year career with Gale, Peg has developed award-winning
references for both the Gale and St. James Press imprints, including:

 >the RASD-nominated St. James Press Gay and Lesbian Almanac and
 >New York Public Library "Best of Reference" winners
 >Civil Rights in America
 >Notable Black American Men
 >The Harlem Renaissance: A Gale Critical Companion

During her career at Gale, Peg also served as the Managing Editor of The
Taft Group, Gale's nonprofit imprint. A native of Michigan, Peg holds
degrees from Michigan State University (BA) and Wayne State University (MA).

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*Adams, Mary Jo <
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I am a first year student at DePauw University.  I am currently enrolled
in a course entitled: Wild and Crazy Versions of Shakespeare.  It is a
very interesting class in which we read Shakespeare's plays, then study
modern adaptations of them.  Right now I am working on a presentation on
Shakespeare in music.  I have decided to research the film Free
Enterprise, starring William Shatner.  In it, he decides to do a musical
version of Julius Caesar and playing all of the roles.  The last scene
of the film is a music video called "No Tears for Caesar."  It is a rap
song based on a Marc Antony speech from the Shakespeare play.  My main
interest in joining Shaksper is to further my research on the subject.
I would like to ask Shakespearian scholars and fellow students their
thoughts on both this movie and the rap song.

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*Webb, John <
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I am John Webb, a photographer and website author, resident in
Warwickshire. Some of my webpages, showing views in and around
Stratford, were very kindly described in an earlier message
(http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2003/1369.html) as "a very fine site
with lots of good photos". I'm also interested, as a layman, in the
psychological and metaphysical interpretations of the plays. I'm
currently struggling to understand ideas about "undoing the self" in
Michael Neill's introduction to the Oxford World Classics edition of
Antony and Cleopatra.

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*Pask, Kevin <
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I have a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Humanities Center at
Johns Hopkins University. Since 1995, I have taught at Concordia
University in Montreal, where I am now Associate Professor of English.
My first book is entitled, "The Emergence of the English Author:
Scripting the Life of the Poet in Early Modern England" (Cambridge UP,
1996), and it describes the historical development of life-narratives
for Chaucer, Sidney, Spenser, Donne, and Milton. I have since begun to
think about the ways in which the modern sense of the word literature
has affected our understanding of Shakespeare, and this has led to an
interest in the reception of Shakespeare, especially in the seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries. My recent work on Shakespeare has appeared or
will appear in ELH, Criticism, and Shakespearean International Yearbook.

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*Scott, Melinda J. <
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Melinda J. Scott has served as The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's
Education Outreach Director since September 2001, cultivating programs
that use a comprehensive approach to engage learners and teachers in
Shakespeare1s text and times.
For seven years Ms. Scott has been a faculty member of Boulder
Conservatory Theatre, a training ground and acting company for young
people<serving two years as a member of their artistic team. Her
directorial debut with the company was a non-musical version of Les
Miserables, followed the next season with a verse play, The Lady's Not
for Burning. In 1998, collaborating with twenty-two young actors, she
created a script adaptation of Norton Juster's award-winning The Phantom
Tollbooth, performed at the National Conference of the American Alliance
for Theatre & Education. Ms.  Scott became a BCT board member in 1999
and was elected a member their artistic team in January of 2000. In the
summer of 2000, she directed her own "brisk" adaptation of A Midsummer
Night's Dream.
Early in 2001, she was hired as a Master Teacher of Directing for BCT's
first senior project, which culminated in the original script Superman:
Identity, Truth, Courage, Justice. Ms. Scott also served as the
production's technical director. In April of the same year, her
production of The Miracle Worker broke BCT box office attendance
records. Each show was interpreted for the Deaf by ASL student
interpreters, commissioned from New Vista High School. She also created
the set and sound design. Ms. Scott and Rebekah West co-directed Winter
Tales of Dreams and Dreaming, a collection of short stories for
children, performed in a variety of theatrical styles, for Boulder
Conservatory Theatre, which played to sold-out houses at the Dairy
Center for the Arts in December 2001.
Ms. Scott directed New Vista High School students in Such Stuff as Dreams
Are Made On: a Shakespearean collage of scenes & monologues, which toured
Boulder valley middle schools from November 2001 to January 2002. She
joined New Vista High School again in the fall of 2003 as an adjunct
faculty member, teaching the course 3Shakespeare in Production.2
Among her performance credits: she played Sarah in Quilters for Actors
Ensemble, which won both best director and best ensemble in the musical
theatre category at the Denver Drama Critics Circle Awards. She has
worked with Alan Yamamoto and the Colorado Modern Music Festival at
Chautauqua doing a live voice-over for the art film Trilogy by Hobart
Bell and Russe Wiltse. She has played several roles for the Shakespeare
Oratorio Society with CSF founder Dr. J. H. Crouch.  She acted for Jack
Crouch and Robert Benedetti in CSF1s 30th Anniversary Season. This past
summer Melinda was seen once again at CSF, playing the role of the widow
in The Taming of the Shrew.
Ms. Scott received her BFA degree in theatre performance from CU,
Boulder.  In addition to other post-graduate training she has completed
two intensive workshops with Shakespeare & Company out of Lenox,
Massachusetts<one for actors and one for Shakespeare educators of youth.

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*Soubbotnik, Michael A. <
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My name is Michael A. Soubbotnik, born in Roslyn,  NY: in 1952, an
American citizen and French national living part-time in Paris,
part-time in Vitoria, Brazil. A doctor in Philosophy, specializing in
language philosophy and linguistics, I'm currently a professor at the
UMLV (Universite de Marne-la-Vallee near Paris), department of
Literature and Arts and at the UFES (Universidade Federal do Espirito
Santo, Brazil).  Back when I was a post-graduate student at the
University of Paris X-Nanterre, my DEA memoir (more or less equivalent
to a PhD) was on Shakespeare and late 18th-century, early 19th-century
German aesthetics. I later dropped the continental part and turned to
analytic philosophy, always remaining a faithful, though private, reader
of the Bard and more or less keeping up with current Shakespeare criticism.
Lately, my wife (a Brazilian university professor of literature and
psychoanalysis at the UFES) and I decided to hold a post-graduation seminar
in common (Literary criticism, psychoanalysis and philosophy) on
Shakespeare and my Shakespearian readings took once again a professional
slant.

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*Doty, David <
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I recently finished my studies at the University of Oklahoma, studying
English and Medieval History.  Now that I'm moving out into the world at
large, which doesn't encourage academic pursuits for their own sake, I'm
looking for a forum through which I can keep my love of Shakespeare
alive and active.

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*La Rosa, Richard <
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I am a college student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa,
California. My interest in Shakespeare increased last year when I was
working on a scene from R & J in my advanced acting class. I've recently
been cast as Will Shakspere (sic) in The Beard of Avon, by Amy Freed.
The Beard of Avon is a farce that tells the story of how Shakespeare's
plays might have come about. It asks the question: Did an uneducated
country boy turned London actor really pen the greatest works in the
English language or was there someone else behind them' (For the record,
I believe that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.)  Our school has been
given exclusive permission to produce this play, and everyone involved
is very excited to have this opportunity. As I am somewhat of a
perfectionist as an actor, I have been reading a great deal of material
on Shakespeare's life and times, in addition to the plays and sonnets.
And so, during the course of my research, your website has captured my
attention. I hope to learn more from those involved in your forum (and
possibly add something of my own.)

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*Rose, Stephen C.  <
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Though once an English Major and even a PBK I have no illusions about my
qualifications. At 67 I am hardly in the springtime of a career even as
a WS lover which I have indeed become. Though Howard Bloom is
responsible for remedying decades of avoidance, my WS interests have
extended well beyond his parameters and I have most recently been most
interested in Harold Goddard's work and even put up a page commending
him on my site when I could find virtually no citations for him online.
I am gradually acquiring a small library of useful out of print works
regarding WS. I am a folk musician, former UN writer, free lancer, self
employed, author of 9 books and lover of the Internet.

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*Woosley Poitevin, Kimberly <
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Kimberly Woosley Poitevin will complete her Ph.D. in Early Modern
English Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in
Spring 2004.  Her dissertation, "Making Up Race in Early Modern England"
examines how English men and women used cosmetics to experiment with and
to create racialized identities in an England that was increasingly
defining herself through contact with foreign lands and peoples.  Her
interests lie in both Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean drama and film.

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I'm an editor by profession (mostly medical and pharmaceutical for the
past 15 years). Hold a BA and some graduate credits in English
Literature (studied under Ken Fifer at what is now DeSales University);
taught high school English; am certified to teach K-8 in the State of
New Jersey. But that's all very unimportant to me. Been studying
Shakespeare since 1979.  Never stopped. Particularly Othello. Am
currently reading and researching again with the intent to publish. May
attempt graduate studies again.

Othello concerns deceit, yet we often fail to look at Shakespeare's. The
play, I believe, actually ends upon Othello's arrival on Cyprus (my
soul's joy passage). Have much for my argument, not the least of which
remains Shakespeare's tendency to internalize action in later tragedies
(imagine Shakespeare's deceit as a collapse, the focal point drawn and
weighted toward the middle 'structure' of the play). Shakespeare scoffs
at the 'concluding' blood bath and gasping (and, for some, regaspings)
epitaphs.  These folks are no Cordelia; just carcasses. This inward
collapse can very well be argued as likened to a singularity in some
respect.

In Othello, look also to the 'parallels of deceit' (the senator's
original intelligence of the Turks intent, which mirrors, nay, serves as
a hall of mirrors, for much of the action, characters and motions); the
notion of appearances and 'seeming' and, for lack of better term here,
Othello's 'nature's direction' or cues; the interrogative 'What are
you'' not 'Who are you' [I offer statistical use or preference
throughout the Shakespeare canon; you might be surprised] (see Iago's
admonition 'I am not what I am' not 'I am not who I am').

Sifting through some of your discussion on the listserv, believe my
argument can account for that 'double time,' among many other
postulations.  That's the strength of any reading or interpretation.
Othello, indeed, is two concurrent but very different dramas. Othello
remains Shakespeare's most philosophical treatise on the nature of
reality and in every modern sense (time, matter, thought, among others).
Have enough argument and ammunition for a book-length critique of
Othello. Need to gauge its usefulness and worthiness against recent
scholarly discussion.

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*Cox, Siobhan <
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I am a graduate student at Merton College with an interest in the
representation of female sexuality on the Elizabethan and Jacobean
stage.  A fellow student sent me the information for your mailing list
and suggested it might be useful to me in my work.

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*Irish, Bradley <
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I am an undergraduate at Boston University.  While I enjoy studying all
aspects of Renaissance drama, I am particularly interested in the
Revenge Tragedy tradition.  Recently, my class work has focused on the
functions and mechanisms of the dramatic subplot.

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*Bircumshaw, David <
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My interest in joining the SHAKSPER list is not quite academic, as I
wouldn't describe myself as such, but rather that of a practising poet
and editor allied to a personal nostalgia as Warwickshire was my native
county.  Robin Hamilton, a list member, has repeatedly recommended that
I join, although I see myself more as a passive onlooker, a 'lurker',
rather than an active member.

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*Yamamoto, Shinji <
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I am about to finish my PhD thesis at University of London on banqueting
scenes of Shakespearean drama. My main concern is the representation of
food and drink in Shakespeare and the way in which the private and
domestic self was created in the process of cultural negotiation with
the world outside. I would like to develop this theme in the future and
to explore the relationship between kitchen and theatre from a cultural
materialist point of view.

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I am Associate Professor of English at the University of West Georgia,
specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, and am the editor of
Shakespeare Bulletin, a journal of performance criticism and
scholarship. I work for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival (mainly as a
dramturg and Assistant Director, though I have also directed some
smaller projects and readings). I received my Ph.D from Boston
University. I am a regular attendee of the Shakespeare Association of
America Conference and have led two seminars at that conference. I have
published work in ELH, Medieval and Renaissance drama in England,
Shakespeare Quarterly, Theatre Topics and Cahiers Elizabethains.

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*O'Briain, Donnacadh <
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I am a theatre director with a particular interest in Shakespeare.  I
have a Diploma in Drama and Theatre Studies from the Dublin Institute of
Technology (distinction) and am currently studying an MA in Directing
Classical Theatre at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.  I
have directed Twelfth Night as well as my adaptation - a Midsummer
Night's Dream (six characters in search of an audience) - a piece that
was acclaimed in Ireland and had extended runs and a recent extensive
revival.  I have also directed contemporary plays and devised theatre
with writers and actors.  In the last year I have directed four full
productions, two staged readings, twice assisted in the Gate Theatre
Dublin and won Best Director at the Irish Student Drama Awards.

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*Conroy, Tiffany A. <
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I am Tiffany A. Conroy, an instructor and advanced PhD student at
Northeastern University.  My areas of study include Shakespeare,
Renaissance Lit., film and short fiction.  Prof. Kathy Howlett is my
advisor.

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*Motiwalla, Huzefa <
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I interest myself in Shakespeare's sonnets, besides computer softwares.
  It's been after a long search that I could get a proper list, where I
could widen my grasp of what Shakespeare says!!!.

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*Sharplin, Scott <
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Mr. Sharplin is a playwright, director, and Shakespearean scholar. His
interest in Shakespeare in production began while he was attending
Victoria School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It grew during his
subsequent schooling at the University of Alberta (B.A. (Honours)
English, 1997), where he studied under Profs. Rick Bowers, Shyamal
Bagchee, Patricia Demers, and the world-renowned Globe scholar, the late
Dr. John Orrell. Sharplin began directing Shakespeare in 1995, with a
production of The Merchant of Venice. Subsequently, he has directed
productions of Othello, Troilus & Cressida, The Tempest, The Merry Wives
of Windsor, The Rape of Lucrece, Richard III, and Macbeth, as well as
numerous Shakespeare adaptations and spin-offs. He specializes in
adapting Shakespeare for small-cast productions. He is currently the
Artistic Director of Sound & Fury Theatre in Edmonton
(www.soundandfury.ca), and is also pursuing a Master's Degree in
Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. He is interested in
teaching Shakespeare, in bridging the gaps between English and Drama
studies of Shakespeare, and in exploring the applications of computing
technology to further Shakespeare studies.

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*Jenstad, Janelle <
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Articles have appeared in Elizabethan Theatre, Journal of Medieval and
Early Modern Studies (forthcoming in Spring 2004), Shakespeare Bulletin,
The Silver Society Journal, Early Modern Literary Studies. Book chapters
in Shakespeare and the Language of the Stage (forthcoming from Arden)
and Institutional Culture in Early Modern Europe (forthcoming from
Brill). 11 papers presented and 2 sessions organized at:  Congress of
the Humanities and Social Sciences, Shakespeare Association of America,
Elizabethan Theatre, and other conferences. Public lectures at:
Stratford Festival of Canada, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College
of Art, and other places. Current projects:  A SSHRC-funded study of
usury in early modern literature and culture. Other interests:  money,
gold, and finance in early modern London; London's livery companies;
editing for performance; Shakespeare in performance; pageantry; theatre
history

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*Johnson, Heidi <
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I am a librarian at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.  We
are currently undertaking a project in which we are updating our
Shakespeare collection.  Our ultimate goal is to have the definitive
editions of each one of Shakespeare's works.  In order to do this, I
have been given the assignment to find out what the definitive edition
for each work is and to either retain that copy in our collection or
obtain it for our collection.  I would like to join your listserv in
order to pose the question of what your listserv participants feel are
the definitive editions or where I might be able to find such a list or
resource that would give me this information.  I have looked for
articles, web sites, and books that would have this information and have
been unsuccessful, so I am hoping this listserv might be able to offer
some guidance.

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*Phillips, Jerry <
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My degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University,
and New York University, from which I received a Ph.D. in Theatre
History. I recently retired from 33 years of teaching Theatre History,
Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and related courses at Northeastern
University in Boston. I am particularly interested in twentieth century
theatre production.

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*Begovic, Marko <
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I am a banker in the Cleveland area with an interest in Shakespeare and
his works, admittedly an amateur one.  I am joining to deepen my
understanding of his works.

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*Hsu, Diana <
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I am a student, a musician, lyricist, businesswoman (golf EVERYTHING
distributor), movie critique, daughter to separated parents, younger
sister to a loving brother (and THIRTEEN older MALE cousins) and a
container of random (BUT valid) thoughts.  Born in Taiwan.. nurtured in
Taiwan until first grade. Flew to Australia without the slightest
knowledge of English (meaning "the very beginning" A-B-C).  After four
geographical maneuverings, English stayed as my constant, (Ooo a bit too
much) or rather, I stayed true to English.  I have to admit, Shakespeare
is not my ONLY interest, and English is not my ONLY hobby, but
Literature (with a capital 'L') and Arts, and Humanities.. and PEOPLE:
L-O-V-E of, I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T in and U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G for them,
shapes me to M-E.

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*Tornero, Helena <
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I was born in Figueres (Spain) in 1973. I have a University degree in
Travel and Tourism at the University of Girona and I have been combining
my work in tourism with theatre as an amateur for several years. One of
the amateur groups I was in was formed by British people, where I had my
first Shakespeare experience with "Twelfth Night". In 2001 I won a
Catalan theatre award for a play I wrote about the Spanish Civil War. In
2002 I founded a small theatre company (Les Madames) and we performed
for two months at the Teatre Artenbrut in Barcelona with the Play "Les
Madames: Edith Piaf & Marlene Dietrich", whose text I co-writed with
Rosa Nicolas. I have also been directing some productions for students
at a local musical theatre school, including a musical version of "Love
labour's lost" with jazz music. I am currently studyinf 1rs year at the
Institut del Teatre of Barcleona in the specialty of Directing and
Playwriting.

I love Shakespeare's theatre and it was looking some information on the
net about him that I found your web very interesting, I think it will be
helpfull during all my four years studies.

I'm trying to find out some information about the theorical ideas of
Shakespeare about theatre, acting and creation that can be found in his
plays (e.g. about acting in "Hamlet"). Are there any articles/essays
about it ?This is because I have to write an imaginary discussion
between William Shakespeare and the Hedelin d'Aubignac, where both have
to defend their points of view. In case you know some information about
it please let me know.

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*Upton, Carey <
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Carey Upton is a theatre director, teacher and playwright.  His primary
focus is the production of Shakespeare's plays.  For the last five years
he made his home in Washington, DC.  There he helped found and was
Resident Director of The Shakespeare Project, Frederick, MD's fledging
Classical Theatre. He directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT,
TAMING OF THE SHREW and TWELFTH NIGHT for the Project.  He was on the
faculty of University of Maryland- College Park teaching acting and
directing.  Last season, he directed an original practices production of
ROMEO AND JULIET.  While in DC, Carey served on the on the faculties of
Catholic University of America, the Smithsonian Associates, Woolly
Mammoth Theatre Company, The Theatre Lab and the Studio Theatre
Conservatory.

Carey was Co-Artistic Director (with Adele Cabot) of the Whole Actor
Research Project, a laboratory devoted to developing alternative
rehearsal techniques.  He is an Associate Artist with the Encore!
Richmond Shakespeare Festival where he directed RICHARD III last summer.

Carey is on the faculty of Shakespeare & Company where he is a
designated Classical Acting and Text teacher. Other than his teaching
and education work for the company, he directed COMEDY OF ERRORS, LOVES
LABOUR'S LOST and THE FIERY RAIN.  His graduate work is in directing
from Baylor University.  He holds a B.A. in Art and Theatre from Samford
University.

Carey and his wife, Adele Cabot, moved to Los Angeles this autumn to
start a new classical theatre and actor training center.

He is a member of the Original Practices Performance Laboratory, a
consortium of American Shakespeare Theatres and artists who explore and
promote the Original Practices of performing Shakespeare.  Carey's
productions have tested and explored the Rhythm Texts, Neil Freeman's
most recent work.  Carey is commited to rediscovering the Original
Practices of performing Shakespeare as a means to generate a deeper,
more connected 21st century practice of playing Shakespeare and creating
theatre.

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*Lehman, Farrah <
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I am a graduate student, currently studying cultural and historical
perspectives on madness and melancholy and how they relate to readings
of Ophelia in <U>Hamlet</U>.

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*Calder, Hannah <
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I am a 29 year old graduate student at Simon Fraser University in
Vancouver, Canada.  I am in the last term of my master's degree.  For my
final project I am revising a paper that I wrote last term on Henry V
and the promotion of the English vernacular. My main interest is in
Renaissance lit, but I am currently enrolled in a class entitled
*Paradise Lost: How to Read it*.  I also write poetry and fiction.

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*Watson, Peter <
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I am a 60 year old Englishman residing in the US. My love affair with
Shakespeare began as a schoolboy in Thornbury, Gloucestershire and
developed as a student of English, Drama and Theatre Arts in London
during the 60s. I was lucky enough  to attend wonderful performances by
the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by such luminaries as Peter
Brook. After 12 years teaching English and Drama in the London area, I
subsequently spent 3 years as a member of a touring company in India -
playing Shakespeare and musical comedy! I currently work as a freelance
scenic designer in New England, and particularly enjoy designing sets
for plays from the Shakespeare canon. My daughter and I are long time
subscribers to the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA and get
to see intriguing productions there

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*Gilroy, Susan <
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I am a Reference Librarian at Lamont Library, the undergraduate library
at Harvard University.  I am a former teacher and have a Ph.D. in
English Renaissance non-dramatic poetry.  Although I am not a practicing
scholar at this point, I remain enthusiastic about listening in (and
perhaps at some point, participating in) conversations about Shakespeare
and all things related to him.

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*Parsons, Elinor <
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I completed my BA in English Literature at Bristol University in 2002
and then progressed to the MA in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare
Institute, University of Birmingham. I am most interested in Shakespeare
in performance and wrote my Masters' dissertation on Peter Hall's 1968
film of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. I am currently in the first year of
my PhD (still at the Institute) researching screen versions of 'The
Taming of the Shrew'.

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*Hinton, Norman <
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Norman D. Hinton, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois --
Springfield. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1956 Also taught at
Princeton (1956-19600, St. Louis U. (1961-1971). Field: Middle English
Lang. and Lit. Publications and papers on Chaucer, Cynewulf, various
other OE/ME writers. Scholarly interests outside of the Middle Ages
include Shakespeare, Yeats, Popular Culture, History of the English
Language, 20th-21st century British Lit, Drama. Married (49 years at
present), 5 children (all grown up) 11 grandchildren. Hobbies include
philately, fishing, photography, gardening

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*Bridgman, Peter <
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I'm a freelance Film tutor from the UK, based in London.  My particular
area of interest would be films of the plays, but I also like to follow
developments in biographical research, in particular relating to the
religious question - his family's links to the Gunpowder Plotters,
Catholic martyrs etc.

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*Gulley, Ervene <
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I teach Shakespeare at Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) and would
like to be included in/on the listserv.

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*Woodland, Mark <
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My interests are both professional and academic.  I am a Magna Cum Laude
graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting & Directing program at the
Florida State University, and have more than 20 years experience, nearly
entirely in stage work.  As period acting was one of my areas of
specialty as an undergraduate, I have been a frequent performer in
classic theatre, especially Shakespeare; I also am well-known in the
region for my expertise in other genres.

The principal reason for my interest in all Shakespeare-related
information is now chiefly tied to the Island Shakespeare Festival at
Anna Maria Island, Florida, of which I am one of the founders.  In
addition to being its principal actor, I am the Company Manager,
Dramaturg, Music Specialist, Fight Choreographer, and who knows what hat
I shall be wearing next?  We are also an educational program actively
engaged in teaching classical acting techniques;  a good deal of our
time is not only geared to performance, but to literary analysis, voice
& diction, and use of language.

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*Karpuhin, Sergei <
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Born in 1982. Lives in Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia, Russia). Is studying
Russian literature and Russian language at the Faculty of Philology and
Journalism of Irkutsk State University. Is co-editing an Irkutsk-based
website www.the-nr.irk.ru (a Russian-English literary magazine). Is
interested primarily in Vladimir Nabokov (the use of language and the
problem of cultural self-identification of a bilingual writer). Also is
keenly interested in English-language literature of all periods.

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*Johnson, Eric M. <
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I am not a literature scholar; I don't even play one on the Web. I have
a strong interest in Shakespeare, however, and my graduate thesis might
be of some use to the listserv members.

I am calling my thesis the Open Source Shakespeare project
(http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com). You can perform complex searches
on Shakespeare's plays (the poetry, including the sonnets, will be up
within a week or so). I'm writing a concordance feature, as well as
several other nifty functions.

The nice thing about OSS is that I've structured the database to
accommodate any sort of literary text. Thus, instead of using Lines,
Scenes, and Plays to categorize each text unit, I've used Paragraphs,
Chapters, and Sections. A "paragraph" might be the stanza of a poem, or
a character line in a play, or a paragraph of a novel. This structure,
and the support code, could be the basis of similar projects. I'm
releasing the database and code free for non-commercial use (hence the
name "Open Source Shakespeare.")

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*Gleyzon, Francois-Xavier" <
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Lancaster University (UK); Tutor - Institute for Cultural Research;
   University-College of Saint Martin; Research Interests: Philosophy,
Semiotics, Renaissance Literature

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*Castellini, Mario <
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I'm an Italian of 45 years of age and I live near Ancona, in the Marche,
central Italy. I work in the public service and have to deal with the
output of statistical data. I graduated in Business Administration but
my real interest has always been the study of English. I've always been
very interested in Shakespeare, but find that this subject may become
very exacting if not tackled in the right way.
I'm in need of some guidance and inspiration not to get discouraged
along the way, and I also feel sometimes the need of being able to share
with other people the vibes I get by studying Shakespeare's plays.
Lately for instance I got almost intoxicated by the atmosphere from the
country banquet scene in the IV act of A Tale of Winter, and it would
have been just great having been able to say to somebody else: " Do you
feel the same way about it too?"
I'm also very eager to get some orientation in the choice of the best
scholarly works written about Shakespeare; I've got a very long list of
those in my mind that I'd like to buy, but how to choose well among all
that wealth? I've got the complete Arden collection of the plays which
I'm enjoying no end. Now I'd like to reach out and learn more: I've
already bought "Coined by Shakespeare" and "Shakespeare's imagery and
what it tells us" and I'm on the look-out for more. I would be delighted
to chat about these works with anybody interested and to share all I
feel and know, even though I'm only an amateur at literary issues. If I
could just find new friends at my same level so that we could help each
other so to speak, I would extremely grateful to you, Mr Cook. I do hope
to be deemed eligible to be part of SHAKSPER, and I thank you very much
for giving me this chance.

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*Razzi, Wade <
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I am currently a Graduate Student at Oxford University researching
Mid-Tudor religious and political writing.  I hope some day to apply
some of that research to Shakespeare, but for the moment I am focusing
on the writings of Hugh Latimer, Thomas Becon, Thomas Lever and Robert
Crowley. I received BAs in both English Literature and History from
Rutgers University, and an MA in Literature (with a focus in Renaissance
Literature) from the University of Maryland.

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My name is Dale Murphy. born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  I am an
English major at Cleveland State University. I am currently a senior
with three classes to finish to receive my bachelor's degree.  My
favorite author's are Shakespeare, Milton, Walt Whitman and Dicken's.
My interests are Shakespeare's plays and sonnets and
Medieval/Renaissance literature. I am a member of the Folger Shakespeare
Library in Washington, DC and the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.
  I attend many different Shakespeare performances and lectures and am a
supporter of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (a non-profit group that
brings free Shakespeare to the masses in an outdoor venue).

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*Leidig, Chris <
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I recently graduated with an MA in ENGLISH LITERATURE. My concentration was
on seventeenth century drama.

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*Sanchez, Rebekah <
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I study at the University of Texas School of Information, and will
shortly conclude my studies this coming summer.  Prior to moving to
Austin, I worked in libraries and went to school at the University of
New Mexico.  My interest in Shakespeare is personal, and not academic,
but I would like the opportunity to interact with other
Shakespeare-philes on the Internet. Recently, I have been reading books
on Twelfth Night and Richard III, the first because I have been rather
fond of it since reading it in high school, and the second because I was
recommended to me as an introduction to Shakespeare's plays. Other
authors that I like to read are Jane Austen, the Bronte's (all three),
and also science fiction and fantasy works by Alfred Bester, Robert
Heinlein, Piers Anthony, Frederick Pohl, and Connie Willis, among
others.  My current research topics are genealogy and technology;
identity theft; and the history of the Kavanaugh family in Santa Fe and
Las Vegas, New Mexico.

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*Lin, Wan-yu <
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I am currently a student in the University of York, writing my
dissertation on the teaching of Shakespeare. This is my first year. In
2000 I got my MA degree in English literature from the University of
Leeds, and I have taken two Shakespeare modules with Professor Paul
Hammond and Professor Martin Butler. Shakespeare has been very important
to me and my studies, and I am always interested in knowing more about
him and what others may say/write about this master playwright. I hope
one day I can have a career relevant to Shakespeare.  I have been to see
quite many productions and I hope to talk about them with others on the
list too.

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*Racette, Anna <
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I am currently writing my thesis on Shakespeare in Performance with a
special interest in the Stratford Festival, ON. I have been involved in
the theatre for the last 12 years and regularly work on productions both
of contemporary work and Shakespeare. Having involved myself with so
much theatre, I have found a fascination for exploring the role of
Shakespeare in performance. I attend any production of his plays that
are available to me and review them regularly for an internet
performance site.

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*Schuyler, Carole <
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At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, William Kerrigan and Murray
Schwartz were among my Shakespeare teachers (though my PhD dissertation
was on D. H. Lawrence).  When I moved to St. George, Utah, to accept an
assistant professorship at Dixie State College, I had to decide which
books to ditch:  I kept Shakespeare.  At the Wooden O Symposium 2003 in
Cedar City, Utah, I read a paper, "Diagnosing Angelo through Montaigne
and Freud," which will be published in their journal this year.

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*Silverstein, Barbara <
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I am ABD, and am working feverishly to finish my dissertation on spies
in Shakespeare.  I got my Masters in 1998 from the University of
Delaware, and, after a three-year hiatus to try out a commercial editing
job, I returned to the university, completed my course work and
specialty exams, and  continue there as a sustaining student.  My
dissertation director is Doctor Kristen Poole.
I have presented conference papers on various subjects, my latest one
being at the Nov. 2003 SAMLA conference in Atlanta where I presented a
distillation of one of my diss chapters, on the spies of Hamlet.  I have
also presented a paper on Verdi's OTELLO and Shakespeare's OTHELLO for
NEMLA, as well as one on the puppet play of BARTHOLOMEW FAIR for the
16th Century Society.
My teaching experience includes classes at UD, Ursinus College, and
Washington College, and it includes, along with composition and survey
courses, two courses devoted exclusively to Shakespeare.
As I work on my dissertation, I find myself running up against several
problems, large and small, that I can't always research easily.  I
suspect that at least some of them could be answered by the members of
your listserv, judging from the way the discourse ran when I last
belonged.

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*Zurek, Jerry <
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My greatest claim to fame is that I bought the last 4 groundling tickets
for opening night of the Globe Theater's prologue season performance of
Two Gentleman. What luck. Other than that, I have been blessed to be
able to teach Shakespeare every spring semester for 30 years,
alternating in the fall with Homer. My dissertation was on John Donne
but life and the job market has also led me to be teaching mass
communication primarily during this time. With such a schizophrenic
career, I hope this list will be a helpful virtual community.

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*Lopez, Jeremy <
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Jeremy Lopez is assistant professor of English at the College of William
& Mary and theatre-review editor of Shakespeare Bulletin.  His book,
Theatrical Convention and Audience Response in Early Modern Drama was
published by Cambridge UP in 2002.  Current research interests include
Caroline plays and playhouses, boy companies, and early modern drama in
performance.

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*Halligan, Kevin <
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My main interest is really the Sonnets, from a fairly amateur
perspective I'm afraid. But I am hoping to get better acquainted with
the plays in the future, too.

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*Barbera, Angela <
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Angela Barbera, is a second-year graduate student in Mary Baldwin
College's MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in
Performance, with concentrations in teaching, acting, and directing.
She is currently working on her MLitt thesis project: writing the vocal
music for a May 2004 production of Pericles.  She earned her BA in
English Literature and Secondary Education from Washington University in
St Louis.  Her Shakespearean interests include the performance
histories, strategies, and difficulties in Titus Andronicus and Troilus
and Cressida.  Some of her favorite roles have been Emilia in Othello,
Celia and Adam in As You Like It, and Feste in Twelfth Night.  After
earning her MFA, she hopes to move to Italy to continue her work in
Medieval and Renaissance drama with performances in both English and
Italian.

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I am currently a second year MLitt student at Mary Baldwin College and I
am completing my degree this May.  I have a BA in Theater and my
graduate focus is in education and directing.  I hope to be work as a
dramaturg after graduation.  My current studies are in Spanish Golden
Age drama and Elizabethan drama.

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*Burton, Jonathan <
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I hold the position of Assistant Professor of English Literature at West
Virginia University, where I have been a member of the graduate faculty
for 5 years.  I teach courses in Shakespeare and Sixteenth Century
Studies and I am at work on two books, a monograph entitled "Traffic and
Turning: Islam and English Drama, 1579-1624" (University of Delaware
Press) and "A Documentary Companion to the Study of Race in the
Renaissance," co-authored with Ania Loomba.

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*Burani, Massimiliano <
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I'm a student at Tor Vergata University in Rome.  I'm writing my
graduating thesis on "Shakespeare and his connection with the internet
world". I'm looking for all kind of material (books, reviews, links etc.
)  about it. Whatever. Also articles, opinions, methods, way of looking
forward this new "science", a possibity to underline a specific way to
analyze the production of this author. Especially on evaluation of
internet resources and humanities computing. I'm finding to present the
internet resources to do that.

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*Hale-Sanders, Jim <
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In May, 2001, a family possession was re-introduced to the Shakespeare
community and indeed, the entire world. This possession is none other
than the "Sanders" painting of Shakespeare.
Lloyd Sullivan is the current custodian of the painting and is a first
cousin. We are both direct descendants of the artist. We are the
principle researchers into the painting's provenance and the family's
genealogy.
I have viewed your site regularly over the past few years and have
gleaned much information from your contributors via the postings and
papers submitted. While I have always thoroughly enjoyed the Bard's
work, I must confess, new little of Shakespeare, the man.
Since the publication of Stephanie Nolan's book "Shakespeare's Face" and
the international symposium conducted at the University of Toronto, our
research has been ongoing and I feel it appropriate to contribute to
your subscribers timely new developments on this journey of discovery.
It is of vital importance that I (we) receive the expert opinions of
your subscribers on our research. It is just as important to your
subscribers that they receive "first hand" information on any
developments on this world interest topic.

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*Newton, Cheryl <
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My involvement with Shakespeare is strictly in the consumer realm.  But
I'm an enthusiastic & appreciative consumer, reading widely, asking
questions, occasionally floating an amateur opinion.  My ongoing mania
is "Hamlet," in particular the character of Horatio. ~grin~ My retired
college English prof tells me to send more time with Lear, MacBeth &
Othello.  When I do voluntarily stray from "Hamlet" I'm usually involved
in Julius Caesar.  Looking forward to enjoying all your site has to
offer.  Also looking for possible travel companions to Coatia this
summer to see Goran Visjnic repeat his performance of Hamlet.

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*McDaniel, Jamie <
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I am originally from Heflin, Alabama, and I currently reside in
Cleveland, Ohio.  I am a Ph.D. student at Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, Ohio.  I received my B.A. in English from
Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and my M.A. from Case Western
Reserve University.  I am interested in textual, cinematic, and digital
forms of adaptation, appropriations of theatrical space, and popular
culture.

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*Kiser, Paul <
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I was born in a small town in Northwestern Colorado.  Most of my adult
life was spent in the Denver area.  I received a BSBA degree from the
University of Phoenix in Denver.  In the early 90's I began working with
a small Theatre company in Denver.  During this time I met a young woman
who had a degree in theatre and was teaching children's theatre.  In
1995, we married and moved to Reno, Nevada where I began a BFA degree in
theatre.  We started a theatre company, and began teaching children's
theatre in 1997.  In 1998, we opened our own theatre space.  Between
1997 and 2003 our company produced 32 adult productions, 41 children's
productions, and offered over 200 children's theatre/acting workshops.
I have directed over 30 productions, and edited/adapted over seven
Shakespeare plays for adults and children.

My interest in studying William Shakespeare was sparked in 1994 by the
claim of Charles Hamilton that he found the lost Shakespeare play,
Cardenio.  Over the years I have studied Shakespeare, and some of the
great Shakespearean critics (Sir Walter W. Greg, S. Schoenbaum, etc.)
who have given us insight into his work.  Two trips to London and annual
trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have given me the opportunity
to see some great theatre, learn more about Shakespeare, and add to my
library.

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*Berthelsen, Maren <
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I am interested in subscribing to your newsgroup.  I was introduced to
the website through one of your members, Lawrence Weiss.  I am the
Producer of Music and Dance Programs at Symphony Space, in New York
City, and have had a lifelong interest in Shakespeare.
I was an actor for several years, in Sacramento and here in New York and
studied with Louis Scheeder (who was Terry Hands' assistant director).
I have performed many of the roles in the canon, my favorite being
Desdemona in a somewhat unusual Civil War production of Othello.
I no longer act, but still go to the theatre extremely often, and see as
many productions of Shakespeare's plays as I can.  I had a baby in the
fall, so my theatre-going is somewhat curtailed, but I did have a chance
to see the Henry IV at Lincoln Center.

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*Sparks, Sandra <
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I am attached to The New American Shakespeare Tavern (Atlanta
Shakespeare Company). I have been performing and volunteering with the
ASC for ten years. In 1995 I was a part of the cast that went to London
to appear in the workshop season of Shakespeare's Globe, which was still
under construction at the time. We performed part of Machiavelli's "The
Mandrake" and a program on using sound sculpture to enhance stagework
called "The Sound and the Fury."
While happy to research Shakespeare for reasons of performance alone, I
also have an interest in reincarnation, and am researching claimed
memories regarding lives in Shakespeare's time. This interest I am not
interested in advertising; I know full well many people don't share a
belief in reincarnation. I am interested in joining Shakesper in order
to research historical data and not to bring up any discussion of
possible reincarnation claims.

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*Hagen, Tanya <
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Tanya Hagen is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the University of
Western Ontario in London, Canada. Her doctoral dissertation,
provisionally entitled "Old Plays: Pre-Restoration Drama in Print,
1660-1780," looks at the transmission, editing and publication of the
plays of Shakespeare's predecessors and contemporaries during the late
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The project reflects her strong
combined interests in early modern non-Shakespearean drama and book
history. She has given papers at various eighteenth-century,
Renaissance, and book history conferences, and was one of three young
scholars selected to present on the Bibliographical Society of America's
2004 New Scholars Panel. She has published on Renaissance tragedy in
Early Modern Literary Studies, has an article on early English plays in
eighteenth-century book sale catalogues forthcoming in the December 2004
issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and has
recently had a paper on editing non-Shakespearean drama accepted for a
volume of essays celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the Records of
Early English Drama project. Current projects include articles on Robert
Dodsley's 1744 A Select Collection of Old Plays and the formation of a
pre-Restoration dramatic canon, and on the history of the Shakespeare
'apocrypha' between 1735 and 1780. She has spent the past few years
wandering restlessly from rare book library to rare book library, and
currently resides at the British Library, desk number 396.

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I'm a teacher of History of the Theatre in my town (Campinas / 100 miles
near Sao Paulo). And I love the Shakespeare's plays.

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*Durrant, Mario <
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I have an avid interest in Shakespearean literature and hope to join the
group you represent.  I am 32 years old and hold a Bachelors degree in
Bioveterinary Science from Utah State University and a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. I currently
work full-time as a small animal practitioner.  I serve in leadership
positions in both my church and local community, working especially with
9 year old boys in the Cub Scouting program.   I also enjoy backpacking
in the Yellowstone backcountry each summer and periodically write
updates for a company involved in distributing medical manuals for dog
and cat owners.

My interest in literature extends to my high-school years and is among
my passionate hobbies, something I like to spend my spare time with.  I
enjoy attending the annual Utah Shakespearean Festival held annually in
Cedar City, Utah.  I also enjoy studying classical Greek drama and am a
devoted J.R.R. Tolkein aficionado.

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*Coffman, Chris <
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Christopher Wilhelm Coffman is an independent scholar who graduated
Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in English Literature and Political
Science from the University of Southern California.  Chris's scholarly
interests grew out of a thesis on the novel Ada by Vladimir Nabokov,
which became an unpublished book-length manuscript.  The thesis was
based on identifying a formal parodic structure based upon both
Miltonian and Russian Orthodox images and concepts that Nabokov
integrated in a highly subversive manner within the narrative of this
complex and still puzzling novel.

This initial work in Nabokovian literature kindled an interest in the
wider question of literary influences along the lines of Eliot's
"Tradition and the Individual Talent" and Bloom's "The Anxiety of
Influence".  Over the years, Chris's interest in Shakespeare became
focused on Shakespeare's evident absorption of humanistic themes from
classical sources.  In this regard, he has built upon the pioneering
work of Harold F. Brooks, who first demonstrated the highly creative
manner in which Shakespeare adapted Seneca's plays to Richard III.
While Seneca's influence on playwrights such as Marlowe is evident in
the violence of the plot, Seneca influenced Shakespeare in a more
profound way.  Chris's work on Shakespeare has focused on the way that
the young playwright, who spoke no Greek, absorbed the disillusioned,
humane vision of Euripides via the plays of Seneca.  Shakespeare's
indirect contact with the Greek playwright's skeptical view of the
Homeric heroic tradition, along with Shakespeare's contact in
translation with the Lives of Plutarch, have important implications for
plays as varied as Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, and Hamlet.

More generally, Chris's research interests have come to include an
analysis of the growing awareness of the Homeric tradition in
Elizabethan and Jacobean England, which paralleled the well-known
awareness of the new scientific, economic, and geographical discoveries
of the period.  His research includes understanding and comparing the
differing responses of such Shakespearean contemporaries as Walter
Raleigh, George Chapman, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne and Michel de
Montaigne to these new cultural developments.

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*Horn, Alan <
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Columbia, 1996. Novelist (OTHER MINDS, not yet published). I live in New
York City. I'm interested in literature and ideology from a historical
perspective.
Special interest in Milton and Byron. Not a fan of Harold Bloom, but I
like Jerome McGann, Frank Kermode, the late Christopher Hill.

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*Wang, Esther <
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I am a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying
English Literature and Rhetoric.  My interest in Shakespeare was partly
sparked by accident; I was originally biology major with pre-med
intentions until I decided that I never wanted to take a chemistry class
again.  I had always done well in my high school English classes, so I
gave it a shot and here I am.
My interest in William Shakespeare's life and works was the main reason
why I chose to study abroad in England; I believe that in order to fully
understand a work of writing, one needs to see how the writer lived and
to know what happened during their lifetime.  My pilgrimage to
Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Globe in London were important to me as an
English major because I consider them "holy" sites.
I am currently working on my honors research essay and trying to refine
a lot of observations and ideas into one coherent argument.  My focus is
on the survival of Shakespearean texts in a modern, contemporary
environment.  How have they been modified and why?  Is modification
equivalent to modernization and does it lead to survival?  Or vice
versa? Does the constant popular interest require experimentation?  To
answer these and many other questions, I chose Hamlet to embody my
explanation because of all of Shakespeare's plays, modern society has
attempted to re-interpret this play for different audiences more than
any other play.  There is Disney's "The Lion King," which is a loose
adaptation of Hamlet, but follows the general dead king-avenging prince
plotline.  Why choose Hamlet to adapt?  Why not one of the other
tragedies, like Romeo or Juliet?  Or why not a comedy?  I am also
interested in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet because not only is it
modernized, one can also that that it has been
"corporate-American-ized."  Almereyda allegedly tried to depict Hamlet
as a Kurt Cobain-type figure, one who is more generally depressed than
suicidal, but how does he does that?  How is Ophelia depicted
differently in this version than the others?  Finally, my last film in
this comparison will be Branagh's Hamlet because it is the most
faithful, text-wise.  Unlike many adaptations, such as Zeffirelli's,
Branagh uses the full advantages of film and uses flashbacks to old
Denmark to flesh out crucial relationships, such as the elder Hamlet and
Gertrude and Ophelia and younger Hamlet.  Like I said before, I am not
sure what my exact thesis will be, but I am still trying to sort through
my thoughts and eventually hope to find a direction.

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*Bennett, Natalie <
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I'm a journalist and writer in London, working full time on The Independent
newspaper and also on a book proposal for a history of the women of London.
My specific relevant interest at this time is with The Roaring Girl, since
Moll Cutpurse (the woman) is one of my "characters". I also have, as a
theatre attendee, a general interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and
any writing by women of the period.

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I'm Jacob Eigen, a high school senior from Brooklyn, NY. My interest in
Shakespeare is both academic and performance-related; I came across the
online discussion forum via Nabokov-L, a similar set-up for Nabokovians.
I go to Saint Ann's School, a gradeless, art-centered school in Brooklyn
heights, and next year I'll probably end up at Harvard University,
unless I'm accepted at Deep Springs College, CA. I'm joining the group
primarily as a voyeur, hoping to read some interesting things I might
not already find in criticism.

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*Heimbuch, Alisha <
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I am a student at Hiram College, soon to graduate with a BA in theatre
and English.  My focus has been on Shakespearean theatre.  The highlight
of my experience here was last spring when I got to direct a
fully-mounted production of Antony and Cleopatra.  My work has largely
been from a theatrical angle, but I am trying to develop a richer
understanding of the literary scholarship.  Next year, if the stars
don't shift, I'll be attending Mary Baldwin College's M.Litt/MFA program
in Renaissance drama with an emphasis on directing.  My work right now
is largely on doubling and disguise, which I researched extensively as
an assistant to Professor Ellen Summers, and also a paper I'm doing on
the characterization of Octavius Caesar.  Because I am trying to become
better-versed in the current scholarly discussions, I would like to join
your community.  I imagine that I will mostly be a lurker, reading to
learn.  Perhaps I will eventually have something to add.

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*Moschovakis, Nicholas <
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Nicholas Moschovakis received his Ph.D. in English in 1999 from
Princeton University. He has since published essays on Shakespeare in
*Shakespeare Quarterly* and elsewhere. Other recent publications include
an essay in *Milton Quarterly,* as well as several editions of
previously published and unpublished writings by Tennessee Williams,
some of which (including *The Collected Poems of Tennesee Williams*) he
co-edited with David Roessel. Moschovakis has also co-edited works by
Williams for premiere performances at Hartford Stage and at the Kennedy
Center. He has taught English at Princeton University, The University of
The South (Sewanee), Occidental College, the George Washington
University, and Georgetown University. For the 2004 SAA meeting he
co-organized a seminar with John D. Cox entitled "Problems of Belief in
the Early Modern Drama."

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*McNamara, John <
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I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. I took a semester at NYU's
Graduate School of the Arts in pursuit of a Master's in English
Literature. I have studied Shakespeare extensively during that time and
since. At both schools, I took at least one course specific to
Shakespeare's works. I also undertook a study of dramatists in the era
of Shakespeare.
Since the end of my official educational career, I have maintained a
study of Shakespeare. Most of this effort has been self-directed through
attending the plays presented by the American Player's Theater in Spring
Green, WI. I re-read and analyze each play presented for the season and
generally attempt to see the play at least twice. I also drag friends
along and engage them in a discussion of the play before and afterwards.
I would characterize my interest as more general; however, I am always
taken by the very modern themes of Shakespeare. In fact, during a
performance of Hamlet last fall, I was saddened that, in an attempt to
shorten the play, the director cut the brilliant anti-war language of
the norwegian soldiers returning from the Polish front. That speech
given as US troops were on the ground in a similar military adventure
seemed so timely and profound. It shows how rich and full Shakespeare's
message is to a present day audience.
My research interests tend towards the plays that I will be attending.
This year, that includes Othello, Cymbeline, Titus Adronicus, and
Twelfth Night. I have studied Othello and Twelfth Night, but Cymbeline
and Titus are unknown to me. This list seems to offer an opportunity to
enrich my understanding of the plays and heighten my experience and
understanding.

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*Jordan, Ian <
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My academic background is in Philosophy, I am currently working in the
City of London-about 15 minutes walk from the Globe theatre usually
attend the Globe every two weeks during the season and try to see each
play at least three times. I also have been to the Middle Temple
performances in the past. Next year I hope to start an MA Degree in
Renaissance studies at the University of London which has modules
covering Shakespeare and Marlowe. I also have a website at
www.nobunaga.demon.co.uk

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*Yang, Lingui <
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Lingui Yang got his doctorate at Texas A&M University in May 2003.  His
dissertation is on Shakespeare reception in China.  He now works as
post-doctoral fellow at Texas A&M, teaching Shakespeare and Survey of
English Literature.  His publications on Shakespeare include 9 articles,
3 editorial projects, and translations of Chinese Shakespeare studies,
and 5 presentations.  He organized and chaired a special session on
"Shakespeare in Asian Cultures" at the 2003 SCMLA.  He is co-editing a
volume for Shakespeare Yearbook (to come out in 2006) with the general
editor of the journal.  His proposal for a book project "Materialist
Shakespeares: East and West" has been accepted by the University of
Delaware Press.

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There is not much to say about myself. I am forty years old, a life-long
New Yorker, have supported myself (or not) in a succession of menial
jobs both blue and white collar, and am largely  self-educated. I have
gone through intermittent bouts of Shakespeare fever since playing
Bottom when I was twelve. Of course being a Shakespeare enthusiast in
itself is an insufficient recommendation: Polonious, Malvolio and
Dogberry (a devote of First Folio punctuation) are all in their own way
ardent Shakespeareans. Some of the major influences on my own thinking
have been Norman Rabkin, whose insistence that Shakespeare's stature
lies in his ability to be a simultaneous partisan on opposite sides of a
question has been an indispensable starting point; Northrop Frye, one of
the few literary critics in the world whose writings consistently open
up more channels of thought and imagination than they shut down;
Granville-Barker whose writings serve as a model of close reading for
purposes of performance; and Michael Bogdanov, to whom I owe my
conviction that Shakespeare plays are still performable: I still
remember, in his production of the history cycle with the English
Shakespeare Company, the almost embarrassing shock of seeing the usual
picturesque rogues of the Boar's Head tavern entering  as extremely
unpicturesque football hooligans.

I am have a general lifelong interest in language, literature, speech
and politics. I would be happy if I could potentially embody in live
performance my enthusiasm for two other figures of the European baroque,
Milton and the Dutch seventeenth century playwright Vondel, but alas,
whether it is through Shakespeare's rhetorical vitality, or his
brilliance as a popular entertainer, I stagger in, but it seems that he
is alone in his ability to bestride the abysm of time and pull off his
exhilarating magic tricks before non-specialist audiences.

I'm at the moment engaged in organizing a loose-knit Brooklyn-based
company for the presentation of the plays at a venue in the Cobble Hill
neighborhood. (We still need rehearsal space - something about which I'd
like to query the list.) Our aim will be to present  fully staged,
full-text productions which draw on the spectrum of interpretive choices
inherent in the text. I have the conviction (admittedly not terribly
original but strangely neglected in practice) that the text is the royal
road to a  "good show." Given my appreciation of Bogdanov, I'm obviously
not a die-hard Shakespeare conservative - it's never a very good idea to
get too literal-minded about anything -  but I do find that a lot of
Shakespeare productions, both amateur and professional, in their
pathetic (and condescending) anxiety to put on a "good show," tend to
blissfully ignore the ingenious blueprint for a good show which is
inherent in the text that they are presenting. My belief is that if you
trust Shakespeare's theatrical instinct s (usually not half-bad), allow
the actor's to find the subtleties and nuances that exist in the text,
and trust the audience to appreciate what they have come to see, that
then, the "good show" will take care of itself.

I've found the list a helpful resource over the last couple of years
since I first discovered it, especially in it's discussion of textural
cruxes and in the reviews of various performances both live and on tape
and would be happy and honored to join the community. Questions that
have occurred to me recently which I should have liked to ask have been
the interpretation of "She should have died hereafter" in performance
(specifically, has anyone noticed that actors almost invariably take
"should" to mean "it would have been better if" despite what I thought
was the universal consensus that "should" here means "would have
anyway"); a call for experiences of As You Like It in performance,
specifically the Cheek by Jowl production at BAM a few years ago and the
Elisabeth Bergner film version from the thirties;  and a query regarding
the interpretation of a throwaway remark in the Pompey, Froth, Elbow
scene in Measure for Measure (II.i.103): "for as you know, I could not
give you three pence again." I had originally thought that Pompey was
reminding Froth of the incident in question by reminding him that that
was the time that he hadn't been able to make small change until I
realized that three pence is actually in the vicinity of twelve dollars.
(Does anyone know what the price of a woman's company was in 1604 London?)

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My interest in Shakespeare is primarily in the acting realm.  I have
been (until relatively recent) very active in community theatre and have
had the pleasure of being involved in a theatre organization that had
been (until its demise in 1998) prolific in performing Shakespeare
(eleven productions in sixteen years). I am a DOD Civilian, employed at
Fort Knox Kentucky as a Communication Systems Specialist (a fancy title
for an E-Mail administrator).  And I am also a retired Technical
Sergeant from the Kentucky Air National Guard.

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Born 1977, currently undergraduate at Philological Faculty of Belgrade
University; former editor of "txt" (www.txt.org.yu) and at the moment
one of the organizers of "Literature on Film" project (www.fil.bg.ac.yu,
surf to "Aktuelnosti"/"Knjizevnost na filmu"). As a part of student
exchange program, now at Humboldt University in Berlin; published papers
in "K" (magazine for literary theory on Philosophical Faculty of
Zagreb), "txt" and "Znak" (Philological Faculty of Belgrade's students'
magazine).

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*Thomas, Stephanie F.  <
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Institution and Department: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.
School of Cultural Studies.

Biographical Sketch: I have recently been awarded a Digital Technologies
Studentship at Sheffield Hallam University, to research the topic: "The
Exploration and Development of Tools for Active Reading and Electronic
Texts." The project is to prepare an electronic edition of a Renaissance
play which promotes an awareness of the editorial process through the
use of dynamic interactive enhancements. The research and the resulting
edition will be aimed at highlighting the textual variants between
versions of a specific text. The edition, and the experience gained from
generating it, will determine a model for future electronic editions.

I have interests in the arts, humanities, and in computing, and have a
BA (Hons) in Film Studies (History, Theory, Criticism), and an MSc in
Interactive Multimedia. I am therefore grateful for the opportunity to
combine my previous humanities and computing experience to further
research my PhD. As my knowledge of Shakespearean issues is limited at
present, I feel that subscribing to Shaksper would be extremely beneficial.

Outline of Current Interests and Research Topics: Currently interested
in material concerned with the editing process, particularly the editing
of Renaissance texts, specifically Shakespeare texts. Also, in
researching the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and empirical
methods for assessing the suitability of prototype electronic editions
and their interfaces. I hope to be researching into the encoding of
texts, and in finding ways of displaying textual variants within various
versions of a text. I am interested in the process of reading itself,
from both a literary and cognitive point of view, and in the position of
the reader with regard to authorship and editing.

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*Geddes, Louise <
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I am a PhD. candidate at the end of my first year at The Graduate
Center.  My professional background is in the theatre, having worked for
six years as a dramaturge for an Off-Broadway playhouse in New York
City.  My undergraduate degree is in Theatre Arts and Performance
Studies, with a particular emphasis on staging Shakespeare since 1960
and the artistic development of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At
present, my current interests (and possible dissertation topic) are
focused around the use of blood and bodies as symbolic currency in
Shakespeare's Roman plays.  I am also especially interested in the
performative elements in early modern drama and stage histories of texts.


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*Broderick, Tim <
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I'm currently a student at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport,
Louisiana. In the fall I'll be a junior. My major is theatre with minors
in accounting and German. The interest I have in the SHAKESPER list is
purely one of education. I know some Shakespeare pretty well, which, I
believe, is a good place to start for learning. Wholly do I admit that I
have little to offer as far as submissions, and I see no problem in
that. I want to know what is going on today in what people are learning
and sharing about the texts.

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I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign
Languages and Literature at National Chi Nan University in Taiwan.  I
got my PhD degree at Rice University (2003).  My specialization is
English Renaissance drama, and my doctoral dissertation is about the
class and gender issues of food and eating in early modern England.
While I'm still interested in the topic of food and eating, my current
interests and research topics also include the conception of dirt and
cleanliness in early modern England and its representations in
contemporary literature.

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*Smith, Ray <
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I am nearing completion on a book about "Hamlet", called "Be All My Sins
Remembered." The book is on my website at
http://members.cox.net/thyorison/ Among other things, I assert that
"Hamlet" has a strong anti-war theme: "TO BE OR NOT TO BE...so like the
king THAT was and IS THE QUESTION of these wars."   My name is Ray Eston
Smith Jr.  I am a 54-year-old computer programmer. I have been working
on my book, off and on, for about 11 years.  I live in Phoenix, Arizona
with 3 cats, Beatrice, Tabby, and Solstice.

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*Hammond, Kevin <
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I am an actor and artistic director of Shakespeare in the Rough in Toronto.

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My name is Pamela Richards.  I am a reader who finds Shakespeare
constantly challenging and delightful.
I spent over twenty years as an interpreter, which helped me develop a
sense of the importance of the speaker's motivation to understanding
meaning.  I also spent my college years learning text analysis, with
emphasis on using historical and cultural context to understand content.
  In recent years, I have studied and practiced the form of astrology
most often used in the time of Shakespeare.
I have found that, although I have done little direct reading in the
area of literature, my varied background has given me some concepts
applicable to reading and understanding Shakespeare.
Most recently, I have been researching Hamlet.  I am attempting to
understand Hamlet's motivations better by refraining from relying on the
idea that he was insane.  I am using contemporary sources to understand
Hamlet to the best of my ability, including Luther's _95 Theses_, Pico
della Mirandobola's _Oration on the Dignity of Man_, King James'
_Daemonologie_, and Agrippa's _Fourth Book of Magic_.  I have worked on
hypotheses to explain Hamlet's puzzling actions in the fifth scene of
the first act, when he attempts to get Marcellus and Horatio to swear an
oath, and in the final act of the play, when he first stabs Claudius
with a poisoned foil, then tries to force him also to drink poisoned wine.
I would like very much to share ideas with other members on your list; I
know my ideas would benefit from objective scrutiny and free exchanges
with others.

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Sean Patrick Cooper is a doctoral student in Theatre Arts at Texas Tech
University in Lubbock, TX.  He holds the AA in Drama from Del Mar
College, the BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in English Literature from
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and the MA in Theatre Arts from Texas
A&M University-Commerce.  His MA thesis is titled "Bedlam and the
Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy," and explores possible connections between
the Bedlam asylum and the use of madness as a thematic device in those
plays.

Sean's current research interests include proxemics-based actor training
and stage direction.  In addition, Sean is pursuing research into
contemporary criticism and performance methods for Elizabethan and
Jacobean drama, with particular emphasis on revenge tragedies.  He is
particularly interested in the ways in which criticism of Elizabethan
drama (and Shakespeare in particular) differs between literary and
performance-based methodologies.

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Dean C. Slusser is the Fine Arts Director for Camden County Schools,
located on the Southeast Georgia coast, and is the director of Theatre
at Camden County High School.  A native of west central Ohio, he holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in Theatre from
Bowling Green State University.  His teaching career began at a small
college in the Appalachian Mountains north of Roanoke, Virginia.  In
1987 he moved to middle Georgia, teaching first at Gordon College in
Barnesville, then at Peach County High School in Fort Valley.  He
accepted his current position in 1995.

Slusser received his Educational Specialist's degree in educational
administration from Georgia Southern University in 2003, and has
recently completed all of the coursework for an Ed.D. in Educational
Leadership from the same institution.  His dissertation topic assess the
perceived value of participation in a high school theatre program in
developing workplace competencies described in the Report form The
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (U.S. Department of
Labor, 1993).

Despite being influenced in his youth by the William Ball's American
Conservatory Theatre production of The Taming of the Shrew, Slusser's
exposure to and interest in Shakespeare was fairly limited for a number
of years.  Then he attended "No Fear Shakespeare," a summer workshop for
teachers, sponsored by the Georgia Shakespeare Festival.  The experience
so inspired him that he made a personal commitment to produce a
Shakespeare play in one form or another as part of every theatre season.
  Camden County High School has since produced The Taming of the Shrew,
Macbeth, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Merchant
of Venice, The Compleat Wks of Shkspr (Abridged), and Much Ado About
Nothing.  The schedule includes full-length productions and one-act
adaptations in alternate years with tentative plans to produce a
cone-act adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor during the 2004-2005
season, and a full length production of Othello the following year.

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I have recently completed my PhD thesis at Birmingham University's
Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. In addition to this, I
hold a BA in English Language and Literature (1992) from Istanbul
University and an MA in English Language and Literature (1995) from
Bogazici University.

My PhD thesis, 'Unnatural Englishmen: Social Protest in English
Renaissance Drama' (2003), was supervised by Professor Peter Holland,
and it explores the representation of social protest in the drama of
Shakespeare and his contemporaries through a close examination of five
history plays, The Life and Death of Jack Straw, 2 Henry VI, Sir Thomas
More, 1 Edward IV, and Thomas of Woodstock. I am currently working at
Yeditepe University in Istanbul as a lecturer of humanities and literature.

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Martin Mueller was educated at the Universities of Munich, Hamburg,
Berlin, Trinity College, Dublin, and Indiana University, where he  got a
PhD in Classics (1966). He taught at Brandeis University (1965-67) and
the University of Toronto (1967-76) before moving to Northwestern
University, where he has taught since 1976. At Northwestern he has held
various administrative positions, including Director of Comparative
Literature (1976-81), Director of the Humanities Program (1979-81),
Chair of the English Department (1983-90), and most recently, Acting
Chair of Hispanic Studies (1997-99).

His primary research field has been the uses of ancient epic and tragedy
by European writers since the Renaissance. He has also written on Homer
and Shakespeare. More recently he has become interested in the uses of
information technology for traditional philological inquiries.  Together
with Ahuvia Kahane, he is the editor of The Chicago Homer, a
multilingual web site that uses the search and display capabilities of
digital media to make distinctive features of Early Greek epic
accessible to readers with and without Greek.

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*Fontanone, Stephany <
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My name is Stephany Fontanone.  I'm a second year MA student in the
Hudson Strode Program for Renaissance Studies at the University of
Alabama.  My interests are primarily in early modern drama, more
specifically Jacobean tragedy.  I am also interested in pursuing my
doctorate in Comparative Literature, again focusing on the early modern
periods of France, Italy, and of course, England.

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*Webber, Jinny <
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PHD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Professor Emerita
from Santa Barbara City College, continuing to lead study abroad groups
to London. Teaching fields, besides composition and literature, include
Shakespeare and world literature, Homer to Dante. Delivered annual
Faculty Lecture in 2000: "Myth, Magic, and Metamorphoses," focusing on
Shakespeare and Ovid. Producer and artistic director of New Bard
Productions in Santa Barbara, scheduled to offer David Starkey's
Julianne Caesar (in which a women's college puts on Julius Caesar with
drastic results) in September, 2004. I write fiction which deals with
Shakespeare's theatre and am also researching Ben Jonson, the masque,
and Lady Mary Wroth.

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*Stehr, Claudi <
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I am German and 23 years old. I have been studying English literature,
English linguistics and Media Studies for almost 4 years now (one of
those years in New Zealand).

I am very much interested into Shakespeare's plays and their adaptations
into films. For my thesis next year, I would like to write about the
Merchant of Venice - preferable comparing the Maori Merchant of Venice
with other film adaptations.

I am looking forward to an interesting virtual communication where
valuable infomation can be exchanged about Shakespeare and his plays, etc

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*Smith, Jennifer <
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I'm a lecturer in English literature and language at California State
University, Long Beach.  In particular, my area is Early English
Literature to 1800.  My current interests involve Beowulf, The
Canterbury Tales, and Shakespeare, in particular the role of strong
female characters--such as Grendel's Mother, The Wife of Bath's crone,
and Tamara the Goth queen--in contrast to societal expectations within
each period of composition.

In addition, my poetry and literary essays have appeared in several
small presses, including "What Dreams May Come": Self-reflection and
Identity Acceptance in Richard III and The Tempest, posted on my Web
site, and a structural analysis, "Paradise Lost and Beowulf," posted at
Luminarium.  I've also published two books, The Antinuclear Movement and
The Gay Rights Movement, both with Greenhaven Press.

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*Davenport, Chris <
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I have been a fan of the Bard all my life. I would like to join your
list to participate, where appropriate, in discussions and to read
papers by Shakespearean scholars and the insights of thoughtful readers
of Shakespeare.

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*Hobbs, Lucy <
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I have an avid interest in all things related to Shakespeare.  My
background is a BA degree in Communications with a minor in English Lit.
from UNC-Chapel Hill.  This coming fall I will be teaching a class in
Shakespeare at the high school level.  I would love to get ideas and
input for my class from the list.

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*Gandy, Tom <
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Tom Gandy has since 1974 taught Shakespeare and too many other courses
at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  He also maintains at that
institution the web site for the 1995-96 NEH-Folger Institute on
Shakespeare Examined Through Performance
(http://www.tamut.edu/english/folgerhp/folgerhp.htm).  The "Folger
Recipe Book" available at the website has 100 teaching exercises which
institute participants have used with success in their classes."

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*Cohen, Sarah <
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I am merely an enthusiastic bystander when it comes to Shakespeare
scholarship; my background in formal literary criticism extends no
further than 11th grade English. I am, however, an actor, and I find
myself spending quite a lot of time with Shakespeare's plays. I
graduated from Davis Senior High School in 1996 (Twelfth Night, The Two
Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew) and from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000 (King John, Measure
for Measure, Macbeth, Pericles, RJ, TGV, TS, A Midsummer Night's Dream).
I was one of the first directors for the Winters Shakespeare Workshop, a
youth theatre group in Winters, California (MND, The Two Noble Kinsmen).
I have also acted in the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival (Henry V,
Othello) and it's associated program of abridged plays, Shakespeare Lite
(Comedy of Errors, HV, MND, As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest). While
at MIT, struggling to get the biology degree that is currently
mouldering on my bookshelf, I found that studying Shakespeare's plays
kept me sane. Whenever I felt sick of cracking my head against my
science homework, which was often, I would tackle a Shakespeare
monologue instead and somehow would regain my enthusiasm for life (not
that it helped my grades any, except in one instance - when failing a
physics test, I wrote in desperation "the will is infinite and the
execution confined" and got partial credit). I do not pretend to be any
kind of expert on Shakespeare, but I do have a certain connection to his
text. There is quite a lot to be explored in there, and I would love the
chance see what some more seasoned explorers have found.

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I am writing a PhD at the University of Chicago on appropriations of
Hamlet in modern Arabic literature and Arab political culture.

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*Crystal, David

David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer,
editor, lecturer, and broadcaster.  Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in
1941, he spent his early years in Holyhead.  His family moved to
Liverpool in 1951, and he received his secondary schooling at St Mary's
College. He read English at University College London (1959-62),
specialised in English language studies, did some research there at the
Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirk (1962-3), then joined
academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at
Reading. He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964, and
became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies,
in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of
linguistics to religious, educational and clinical contexts, notably in
the development of a range of linguistic profiling techniques for
diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. He held a chair at the University
of Reading for 10 years, and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at
the University of Wales, Bangor.  These days he divides his time between
work on language and work on general reference publishing.

David Crystal's authored works are mainly in the field of language,
including several Penguin books, but he is perhaps best known for his
two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge
Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English
Language.  Recent authored books (all 2004) include The Language
Revolution, A Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak, andThe Stories of
English, a history of English from a sociolinguistic perspective.
Co-authored books include Words on Words (2000, a dictionary of language
quotations compiled with his wife and business-partner, Hilary -
Wheatley Medal, 2001) and Shakespeare's Words (2002, in collaboration
with his actor son, Ben). Other Shakespeare work includes a quarterly
article for Around the Globe and regular articles for the Times
Education Supplement.

His books on English phonetics and phonology include Prosodic Systems
and Intonation in English and The English Tone of Voice. His clinical
books include Introduction to Language Pathology, Profiling Linguistic
Disability, Clinical Linguistics, and Linguistic Encounters with
Language Handicap.  His work for schools includes the Skylarks,
Databank, and Datasearch programmes, Nineties Knowledge, Language A to
Z, Rediscover Grammar, Discover Grammar, and Making Sense of Grammar.
His creative writing includes some volumes of devotional poetry; a
biography of the Bon Sauveur foundation in Wales, Convent; and a play,
Living On, also on the endangered languages theme; and he is currently
editing the poetry of the African missionary John Bradburne, two books
of which have been published.  Performances include a dramatic reading
of the St John Gospel, now available on CD.

He was founder-editor of the Journal of Child Language, Child Language
Teaching and Therapy, and Linguistics Abstracts, and has edited several
book series, such as Penguin Linguistics and Blackwell's Language
Library. In the 1980s, David Crystal became general editor of several
general encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, along with their
various abridged editions. In 1996 the database supporting these books
came under the ownership of AND International Publishers, who began to
develop the database for electronic media. As part of his consultancy
work with this company, he devised a knowledge management system (the
Global Data Model, or GDM) which allows the database to be searched in a
highly sophisticated way (UK patent, US patent pending). In 2001, both
the database and the GDM became the property of a new company, now
called Crystal Systems Group, with two divisions: Crystal Reference has
as its primary aim the provision of reference data; Crystal Semantics,
the provision of systems for document classification, Internet
searching, and related areas. Products of the new regime includeThe
Penguin New Encyclopedia (2002), The Penguin Factfinder (2003), and The
Penguin Concise Encyclopedia (2003).
David Crystal has been a consultant, contributor, or presenter on
several radio and television programmes and series. These include The
Story of English (BBC TV, 8 x 1 hour series 1986, consultant), The Story
of English (radio version, 18 x 30-min series, BBC World Service, 1987,
writer and presenter), several series on English for BBC Radio 4, Radio
5, and BBC Wales during the 1980s and 1990s (as writer and presenter),
and The Routes of English (as consultant and contributor). Other
television work includes Back to Babel (Infonation & Discovery Channel,
4 x 1-hour series, 2000, as consultant and continuity contributor),
Blimey (BBC Knowledge, 3 x 1-hour series, 2001, as continuity
contributor), The Routes of Welsh (BBC1, 6 x 30-min series, 2002, as
consultant and contributor), and several programmes for Open University
television, beginning with Grammar Rules (1980, as writer and presenter).

David Crystal is currently patron of the International Association of
Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). He is president of
the UK National Literacy Association, and past honorary president of the
National Association for Professionals concerned with Language-Impaired
Children, the International Association of Forensic Phonetics, and the
Society of Indexers.  He has also been a member of the Board of the
British Council and is currently on the board of the English-Speaking
Union.  He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995,
and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000.  He now
lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre Centre, a
multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre. He is married with five children.

For a full list of David Crystal's publications, see the Crystal
Reference site at www.crystalreference.com.

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Ahem, as far as biographical details are concerned, you can learn a few
things about me from my website, http://markbold.com, but these things
tend to be career orientated and perfunctory, so I will add a few words
here to introduce myself.
Born in the Midlands of the UK, and educated at the Grammar School in
Stratford-upon-Avon.  My interests were more directed at making films
and putting on plays than in academic work at this time, however, so I
did not go to university for a few years after this.   In the meantime,
I put together a few movies, and wrote a number of plays for the amateur
stage, and took the opportunity to travel.  I then returned to
education, going up to Durham University to study anthropology.
On leaving university, I took advantage of the crazy boom in the
internet industry, and found work in London at a start-up.  Luckily, I
was able to escape the collapse with a few shares, which enabled me to
take time out of work to begin a novel.
I am now staying in Stratford while I work on the novel, and a few other
projects, such as rewriting a screenplay and starting an online
literary/political journal.
I have always had a deep interest in Shakespeare, not just from
Stratford, but from the lessons almost each line teaches of the way
language can be used.  I am presuming your mailing list is not limited
to those whose interest is academic, and look forward to joining you.

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Sally Stuart is a graduate student of English Literature at California
State University Long Beach. Stuart began her studies at the University
of California Santa Barbara where she planned to major in Comparative
Literature.  While attending UCSB she was selected for the Dean's List
and became a member of the Letters and Science Scholars Lounge.  Stuart
subsequently began studies in Communications at the University of
California San Diego and, after an absence of several years, returned to
literature studies at California State University Long Beach.  She has
been placed on The President's list multiple times. Stuart's area of
interest for the MA program is 20th Century British Literature; however,
her interest in earlier British literature and history endures.  She
attended a CSULB Shakespeare Symposium in 2003 and a conference on the
Tudor Age at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California in January
2004. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of
current theoretical trends on Shakespeare's work and the relationship of
those applications to contemporary literary works.  Stuart plans to
teach English in the community college environment and, in the summer of
2004, she initiated an internship project at Saddleback College, Mission
Viejo, California in order to understand the dynamic of the reading,
writing, and tutorial programs designed to prepare students for English
composition proficiency. Stuart is enrolled in Martine VanElk's Graduate
seminar on Shakespeare for Fall 2004.  She is also enrolled in a 20th
Century British Literature seminar.

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I'm a second year graduate student at Villanova University, though I'm
an older student than most of my classmates: since college I've run a
business and started a family (four daughters, one more on the way).  I
am interested in the reception and canonization of Shakespeare
throughout the ages, especially the history of the dramatic production
of his works on stage and on film.
Lately, I've been studying William Ireland and Thomas Chatterton and the
effects of forgery on literary reputation (of the forgers and the
forged) as well as the "mouvance" qualities of Shakespeare's texts.  In
the manuscript culture preceding Shakespeare, variation while
transcribing (or interpreting) a text was the norm.  As print culture
develops, literary attribution and reputation become the paramount
concern of writers and readers.  Textual variance or mouvance, greatly
encouraged a century and half before Shakespeare no longer has a place
in the material representations of a writer's work.  Not so with
performance.  Actors and directors re-transcribe the text, often
rearranging it to suit their own purposes.

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My wife and I live in Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu, the main Island. We
generally work in the Northern Islands near Taveuni where we just
finished a project. We develop 'holiday homes' as they are called in
this hemisphere--basically water front vacation homes. We are both in
our 60's with 4 grown children.  The family homes are in the mountains
above the Napa Valley on the west Coast and Martha's Vineyard on the
East Coast. My wife Scilla Blackwell-Hastings has been a school teacher
and principal here in Fiji and in the USA. I have served on several
school boards but have had most of my career in finance and leisure home
development. Here in Fiji our interests are in raising the local
standards of education and the arts, not to mention helping to heal a
host of other 3rd world ills.
We spend our leisure time reading and watching what ever good CD's or
Videos that are available on the arts and education. (Do you know of any
sources--we ask everyone we know because television is so poor here.)
My life long interests have been in literature and cultural research.
For a period I was a correspondent for the East/West Journal.  We have a
small group of expats here on overseas assignments who meet regularly
and talk about literature and the arts.  Shakespeare is of principal
interest. It seems that the more we can know about him and his time, the
better.

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I completed a dissertation on Shakespeare in 2001, and I am currently
the Shakespeare specialist at Longwood University in Virginia.
Shakespeare is my main area of research interest.


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*Wright, George T. 
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I (George T. Wright) was born December 17, 1925, on Staten Island, New
York, and educated in a public high school there and at Columbia College
(B.A., 1945; M.A., 1946).  I actually graduated in 1946 after more than
two years in the U. S. Army.  I spent a year abroad at the University of
Geneva in 1947-48 and traveling around Western Europe, then returned for
another year at Columbia.  In 1949 I started working at various clerical
and other jobs while living in various cities around the
country--Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco--and writing bad novels.
In 1953 I returned to graduate school at the University of California at
Berkeley, where I took my Ph.D. in 1957.  I taught at various schools in
the United States (University of Kentucky, 1957-60; San Francsico State
College, 1960-61; University of Tennessee, 1961-68; and the University
of Minnesota, 1968-93) and abroad (Fulbright lecturerships at the
University of Aix-Marseille, 1964-66, and at the University of
Thessaloniki, 1977-78).  I retired in 1993 and moved to Tucson, Arizona
(2617 W. Crown King Drive, Tucson, AZ 85741).  My e-mail is

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 .  My wife and I have been married for 49 years.
My main teaching and scholarly writing focused at first on modern
literature, especially poetry, and it included one book that dealt
largely with Yeats, Eliot, and Pound, and another on W. H. Auden.  But
over the years my strong interest in verse drew me back to the
Renaissance and to Shakespeare.  Since 1980 almost all of my published
work has had something to do with Shakespeare, particularly studies of
how he used his verse and rhetorical techniques to make his dramatic
language more expressive.   I've also been much interested for some
years in writing a sort of history of the different ways the Pygmalion
story has been used by different writers and artists, including
Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale, to further their different agendas.  I
also published a collection of my own poetry, Aimless Life, in 1999.

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My name is Kate Pearce and I'm a student at The Royal Welsh College of
Music and Drama, Cardiff. I'm just about to go into my third of my
degree, studying Theatre Design (BA Hons), though I'm focusing on
costume as a future career.
Although I'm at a drama college, I enjoy going to see Shakespeare's
plays outside of College, it was through going to these productions that
I decided to go into theatre as a career. As a personal preference I
enjoy going to see small scale productions around South Wales and have
always enjoyed going to outdoor productions, rather than being cocooned
in a dark theatre space.
I have worked on a number of Shakespeare plays, in and around my
college. Its interesting to work with different directors and see how
each one tackles the script. The last one I worked on was a all female
cast, with one male, in a production of Taming of the Shrew. The
director set the play in a very cold, industrial type place and had
great intentions of making it more of a visual thing (the set was based
in a large, shallow pool...), rather than a spoken piece. For me though,
I preferred 'The Wales Acting Company (a small outdoor, travelling
company)' version of Shrew. They had virtually no set and the play was
much more in keeping with Shakespeare, it relied on spoken text and good
acting.
With my interest in Shakespeare it pulled me in the direction of the
Globe. I have decided to do my final dissertation on The comparison
between the Globe's Elizabethan Audience, to our modern day audience.
There are many avenues that I have been looking into, such as, 'What are
peoples expectations in the Globe, today's and yesterdays?', 'How the
Globe fits into peoples everyday lives?', 'What type of people go
there?', 'How people react to the performers?', the list just goes on
the more I learn...
I'm hoping that you would allow me into your community, not just for
dissertation reasons, but simply that I've really been enjoying reading
the archives and would like to get my views in.
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*Bill, Alan <
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I am 74, and spent almost half of my working life as a public librarian
in England and the rest of it as a parish priest in the Church of
England.  I collect books in so far as my modest income allows me to.
My main interests are science, archaeology, theology, and literature,
especially Dickens, Carroll and - more recently - Shakespeare.

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*DiTraglia, Wendy <
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I will be a first year graduate student at The Shakespeare Institute in
Sept and would like to join your list.  I was told there is an upcoming
conference in April at Cambridge.

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I discovered your site a few weeks ago, and have read quite a bit of the
ongoing debates. Here's a go at a biography, for further info, I've
attached my CV. You can also take a look at my homepage, see details below.

Of German origin, I have spent most of my life in Geneva, Switzerland,
where I've been studying English, Spanish and Comparative Literature for
five years now. Comparative Literature was my secondary subject, which I
have completed. Since about two years I have been working on Shakespeare
more closely. I am currently writing my thesis on the differences
between the Quarto and the Folio versions (or the early and later
Quartos) of four of the tragedies and how these differences change the
representation of women. The tragedies in question are Hamlet, Othello,
Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. In the next academic year I will also
occupy a tutor position at the English Department of the University of
Geneva. With three other students I performed a cut-down and commented
version of Romeo and Juliet, which we baptised "Juliet and her Romeo -
Q6". This performance was credited and graded. I thoroughly enjoy going
to the theatre as well as acting myself. With my seminar-group
Shakespeare in Stratford, I had the opportunity to go on a study-trip to
Stratford and London. Shakespeare is nearly always on my mind and I seem
to start annoying my environment with continuous quoting ...

If you wish to read some of the papers I wrote, I'd be happy to send
them to you (e.g. "Did my heart love till now? - Falling in love on
stage in Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "Shaw's and
Shakespeare's scheming servants"). I could also send some sketches of
oral reports on Janet Adelman's view of Macbeth and Hamlet, or the
script of the play I took part in.

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I'm currently more casually interested in Shakespeare rather than
involved in any actual research.  I've actually been a member of
Shaksper for quite some time, but have had to change email addresses as
we've moved recently.  I was a theatre and English major in college, and
have always had interest in the plays of Shakespeare (more so than the
poetry), but as a full-time parent I sometimes find it difficult to be
able to indulge that interest.  I've found this list to be a good way to
keep in touch, if only a little.

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I am currently an English graduate student at Calstate Long Beach. I
obtained my BA at UCDavis. My area of interest is actually 20th century
American literature. However, as most English majors, I enjoy
Shakespeare and appreciate his timeless works. I am also highly
interested in recent and older criticisms from both knowledgeable
scholars and amateur writers such as myself. Through subscribing to
Shaksper, I hope to be introduced to current debates going on today.

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I'm an undergraduate student at Reading University taking an English and
Classical Studies degree.  I am currently working on my final year
dissertation which is on Love's Labour's Lost and the rejection of
Renaissance love and literary theories.  I've read several SHAKSPER posts on
this topic which I found though Google, and I am in touch with Robert
Hamilton who recommended I join the list, particularly as I am considering
doing further study in this area.

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I am an Assistant Professor of English at Palomar College, a two-year
college in San Marcos, CA.  I teach classes in composition and
literature, and this semester I am teaching our Introduction to
Shakespeare course.

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I am a second year grad student at Long Beach State who wishes to be
accepted as a member of shaksper.net.  My interests in Shakespearean
literature tend toward the comedies and the theories of humor.  It is my
hope that through dialogue on your site I might be able to complement my
studies.

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I am a 23 year old student of English Literature, doing my M.A in the
University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and I would like to
improve my knowledge on Shakespeare and the Renaissance as there is so
much to learn. I hope to be a member of this global conference through
which I will be able to increase my knowledge and become a true
Shakespearean.

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I am an avid theatre goer and I love Shakespeare above all. I collect
movies, bbc productions and plays that are Shakespearean productions or
which are based on them. Currently I am in a Shakespeare graduate class
and I feel that joining the listserv would help me in my studies. So far
I've been reading the topics and they are quite interesting, especially
those regarding new Shakespeare films. I have visited Stratford (my
first stop in England) and found the historical tour fascinating.
Anything that would help me gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare
would be much appreciated.

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My cyber-friend, Geralyn Horton, has recommended the Shakesper listserve
to me and I would like to be added to your membership.  I'm an actor,
director, producer working most often with a small OOB company in NYC.
I also own and moderate a Yahoo group list, TheActorsList.  This past
season I was able to enjoy both the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in
Canada and four Shakespeare production in London.

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I was born and raised along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in
Colorado. I spent as much of my childhood as possible in the forests and
along the creeks near our home. The other days of childhood were spent
in wonderful school rooms and in awe-inspiring church. I graduated high
school in 1969, went to two years of Art School (including Science,
Music performance, studio fine arts and art history, English literature
and creative writing) at Metropolitan State College in Denver (1970,
1971), then one semester of studies in a great books of the western
world program (Greek, Geometry, Sciences, Philosophy) at St. John's
College in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1974), then seven years of university
studies (including courses in fine arts, English literature
(Shakespeare, creative writing, literary criticism), philosophy (major -
including philosophy history, aesthetics, symbolic logic, Aristotle
seminar, Heidegger phenomenology study, and special research in 'special
qualifiers' in symbolic logic), mathematics (through differential
calculus), computer science (programming in Fortran and several
application languages), naval navigation, geography, grammar, library
science, independent study with the Bureau of Standards (now NIST -
National Institute for Standards Technology) in cryogenic electronics,
and another independent study at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric
Research) with the First Global Weather Experiment) both in 1979),
independent study in linguistics, courses in art history and art history
research (graduate course)) at the University of Colorado here in
Boulder (1976-1982).

 From my background I have a fluency in French, performed in thirteen
concert seasons in classical music (trumpet and bass horn), was in the
Boy Scouts for some seven years (Star rank, leader of our troop for some
time, including life saving, survival training, extensive hiking and
mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains, and advanced training in
Instructor Leadership Training at the national US scout camp at
Cimarron, New Mexico). I was also in the US Naval Sea Cadets for six
years (based at the Federal Center in Denver) including reserve-like
basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, as well as
extensive courses in signal technology, drill instruction,
fire-fighting, range firing, and Navy Reserve aircraft flights to Long
Beach (to board and tour the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge), and to the
Great Lakes facility.

I have worked professionally in computer science since 1977, including
application areas in computer graphics, geophysical data processing,
telecommunications, and technical documentation. I have taught extensive
software courses in Washington DC in the late 1980s (references
available), learned technical editing and writing with Ms. Ruskin at the
National Academy of Sciences there, and have worked professionally in
technical writing and editing since 1987. I have published several
technical papers in that field and have a book-length manuscript ready
for publication entitled 'The Document Development Life Cycle'.

In addition, I have an extensive portfolio in photography and the visual
arts, as well as an expanded portfolio of literary poetry, fiction, and
essays in the market and ready for publication.

I have traveled throughout the western United States and Canada, Hawaii,
the East Coast, the West Indies, England, and India. I have lived in
Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Maui, Santa Fe, Manhattan, Saba in the
West Indies, Washington DC, Bombay, and Boulder.

I am single and my family has lived in the area around Arvada and near
Golden, Colorado since 1900.

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*DiVito, Kathleen <
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In about two weeks, I will begin a Ph.D. program in English at UC
Riverside. Although I am also interested in the early 18th century, I
recently audited a history class on Tudor-Stuart England which really
piqued my already growing interest in early modern drama, in
particularly, the works of William Shakespeare. In this sense, I am
somewhat of a "newbie." My research interests at this moment seem pretty
broad to me, although  I am probably more interested in the history
plays, having just finished reading Richard III, and watching both
Looking for Richard and Richard III  with Ian McKellen.  I am currently
reading Allison Weir's The Princes in the Tower, and Anthony Burgess'
Nothing Like the Sun, and enjoying them both.   Since I am so new to
this, I don't really know where it will take me, but a good friend (who
is a subscriber) sang the praises of the list, so now my reading (and
friend) have brought me to SHAKSPER!

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*Paine, Douglas <
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Douglas Paine recently completed an M. Phil in Renaissance Literature
under the aegis of the English Faculty at Cambridge University, where he
also studied for his undergraduate degree. He is currently a Research
Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is currently reading for a
PhD. His main interest lies in the relations between early modern drama
and learning, in all its forms; his doctoral study will explore the
neglected field of academic drama, particularly in the Universities, in
the context of contemporary debates about humanist curricula and
anti-theatricalism. He also has interests in other Neo-Latin literature
and the history of the book, as well as in the court music of the period.

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*Strickland, Nancy <
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I suppose at this point I come under the rubric of "other interested
persons."  I have a professional background in rare books (I don't work
in the field currently however, but am proud of my former association
with Ximenes Rare Books, then of New York). My interest Shakespeare, and
SHAKSPER, is part of a keen involvement in literature generally.  I live
in Washington, DC.

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*Nielson, Erik <
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I teach English at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA.
  I am, for the first time, teaching a Shakespeare class and have found
your website to be a very informative (and lively) source of
information.  I have traveled all over, most recently to London where I
received my M.A., but now I have settled down in Washington, DC. In
addition to Shakespeare, I am also interested in Latin American
Literature and popular culture, specifically rap music.  An eclectic mix
to be sure!

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*Kuo, Jeffrey <
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I am in the M.A. program in the English Department at the California
State University, Long Beach.  My undergraduate degree is in the health
sciences with a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Currently, my employer is the University of California, Irvine where I
work in the health sciences industry.  Outside literature, particularly
British literature, my interests are in dance studies where I have
presented a paper and a poster at conferences within the past 2 years.

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*Petersen, Lene <
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Lene B Petersen. BA (University of Southern Denmark, Kolding Campus),
Cand. Mag. (University of Southern Denmark, Odense Campus), MA
(University of Bristol, UK) Ph.D. (A.B.D.) University of Bristol, UK).

Lene Petersen has a background in Language and Literary studies in
Denmark, and since 1999, in the United Kingdom. Her main specialism is
textual issues in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. As
co-developer of the BrISL Project: Korpus of Early Modern Playtexts in
English (KEMPE) her research is preoccupied with stylistic and
linguistic aspects of dramatic texts dating from the time of William
Shakespeare. Textual Analysis is facilitated by computer-aided
attribution study (computational stylistics/stylometry) and applied to
the assembled corpus of - presently - ca. 9 mio. words of electronic,
syntactically annotated text.

My more orthodox textual/literary research focuses on developing
guidelines for the study of multiple-texts cases of the Shakespearean
era. It aims at re-categorising play texts by Shakespeare and
contemporary playwrights on a non-aesthetic basis, thus aiming to
re-qualify what is 'authorial' and what is not, without aligning these
conditions with what is a 'good' and what is a 'bad' text.

The complimentary method for gauging the impact of tradition v. author
in play texts introduced with the element of authorship attribution on
the basis of an identifiable linguistic style (the authorial linguistic
  'fingerprint') has meant the application to electronic texts of what
is known as stylometry, i.e. the computer facilitated and statistically
represented study of linguistic style. The co-developed and co-authored
BrISL project: Korpus of Early Modern Playtexts in English (KEMPE) with
fellow Ph.D. student Marcus Dahl, Univ. Bristol took its beginning in
collaboration with computational linguistics team The VISL Project
(Odense Univ., Denmark); while corpora and linguistic test have been
tailored by ourselves to establish a means of measuring the impact of
the author/attributing authorship. Some 250 cases of Early Modern play
text are covered using a range of 87 linguistic tests for common
words/syntactic complexes. The BrISL KEMPE results can be seen to have
relevance to my more literary orientated research as a tool for
measuring the correlations between multiple text cases such as the three
variant Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet texts known as Q2, F1 and Q1.  By
means of the results obtained in BrISL it may e.g. be measured to what
extent more authors than one are detectable in the texts -whether an
author is still 'visible' in the derivative and arguably stage derived
Q1 edits. of Hamlet, Romeo etc. or whether oral/memorial transmission
has entirely 'recomposed' the play. The range of the text corpus allows
discrimination and authorial distinction to take place, while the
usefulness of certain kinds of linguistic tests may be validated or
discarded when conducted over a large test/text set.

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*Lyons, Mathew <
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I am a freelance journalist and writer based in West London. Previous
writing has tended to concentrate on business publishing in the legal
and careers markets, although I have also written a book on JRR Tolkien
and a travel guide to Italy.  I am, however, about to embark on a
biography of Ben Jonson. I studied English at both undergraduate and
postgraduate level and have an MA in English Literature: Renaissance to
Restoration from the University of Leeds.

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*Amster, Mara <
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I received my PhD from the University of Rochester in 2001 and I am
currently an Assistant Professor at Randolph-Macon Woman's College; I
teach Renaissance Literature and Drama, including survey courses on
Shakespeare, British Literature, and Women Writers and upper-level
courses on Early Modern Sexualities. My research interests tend toward
representations of female sexuality and the intersection of gender and
performance; I am currently editing a two-volume facsimile edition for
Ashgate Publishing on seventeenth-century texts about prostitution.

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*McClure, James <
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I am a theatrical professional and amateur literary and historical
researcher.  I have a BFA in theatrical production from the University
of Texas at Austin.  I co-founded and worked as Producing Director of
New York's Protean Theatre Company and, whilst in that capacity,
produced several plays including the North American Premiere of The
London Cuckolds.

I studied verse analysis and performance with John Basil, Patrick Tucker
and Paul Barry at various times and maintain an active interest in
historical and textual analysis of Shakespeare's works.

My performance work related to Shakespeare includes stints with New
York's American Globe Theatre, The National Shakespeare Company, New
Jersey Shakespeare Festival and Austin Shakespeare Festival.  I have
performed in more Shakespeare than I make a habit of counting, including
several productions of Romeo and Juliet.  I have a secondary interest in
movement and fight choreography, having performed as an actor-combatant
and being married to a fight choreographer.  I was a member of the New
York Fight Ensemble in the 1990s.

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*Schulman, Arlene <
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My name is Arlene Schulman and I am a 57 year old wife, mother and
theatre professional.  I love travel, reading, history (particularly
English history, more particularly the medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan
eras), and theatre in any form, particularly Shakespeare.

I am a Stage Director of over twenty years in the NYC/NJ area.  I have
directed just about everything from professional, Equity shows to
University and community theatre; from revivals of classic plays to
premieres of new plays and musicals; from staged readings to full
productions.  Favorite productions include "Kiss Me, Kate", "The Passion
of Dracula", "The Tempest", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Cabaret", "Barefoot
in the Park", and a wonderful new musical called "Belles of the Mill"
that showcased in the 2002 Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC.

I have a lifelong passion for Shakespeare, and have recently been
pursuing it seriously, both as a student and as a director.  I have a
huge personal library of Shakespeare related books and videos, both
literary explorations of the man, the work and Elizabethan England, and
production and performance texts.  I've traveled to the UK a number of
times, pursuing this dream, seeing Shakespeare productions at the RSC in
Stratford-upon-Avon, The Globe, the Old Vic and the National Theatre in
London, and, spending a month last summer studying Shakespeare at
Cambridge University with such scholars, teachers and Shakespeare
performers and directors as Andrew Gurr, Catherine Alexander, John
Joughlin, Graham Christopher, Brian Vickers and others.  I also had the
pleasure of attending a workshop in NYC on directing Shakespeare and a
master class in London on speaking Shakespeare both by Patsy Rodenburg,
the wonderful vocal coach of the RSC and the National Theatre, and have
taken a Shakespeare workshop with Stuart Vaughan, one of the founders of
the NY Shakespeare festival.  I am hoping, if I'm very lucky, to be able
to study for my MA in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare
Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

As a director, I am currently working on two different
adaptations/re-interpretations of "Hamlet", one with a female Hamlet,
and one in which Ophelia and Gertrude are portrayed as active
participants in the events of the play rather than simple pawns of the
men around them.  When ready, I will be submitting these to a variety of
producers and theatre companies with the intention of mounting a
workshop or, hopefully, a full production of either or both of these in
the near future.

I have heard of the SHAKSPER listserve many times from my friends and
contacts in the literary and theatre world and would enjoy being a part
of this community to be able to learn, share ideas and simply talk
Shakespeare with people who are knowledgeable and interested.

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Andy Crouch is an improviser, director and writer living in Austin,
Texas.  He manages a theater, produces and plays in improvised theater
and has directed Twelfth Night, Two Gents (as a cue-script process) and
A Midsummer Night's Dream (in a gender photo negative production).  He
graduated with degrees in Plan II and Philosophy from the University of
Texas at Austin in 2002.  During the summers of 2002 and 2003, he
participated in Shakespeare at Winedale through the UT English
Department, playing various roles in Twelfth Night, A Winter's Tale,
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and
Julius Caesar.  He'll probably end up in grad school eventually, but
where and for what is still up for grabs.

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