The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0625 Thursday, 6 July 2006
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Thursday, July 06, 2006
Subject: SHAKSPER RoundTable: Update
The reception to my idea of inaugurating a SHAKSPER RoundTable has been
favorable, and I have decided to proceed with it. However, because I am
planning on attending the International Conference in Stratford in early
August, I think it best to start a few weeks after my return.
Here are the procedures I have developed so far:
1. RoundTable Forums with be distinguished from regular SHAKSPER
discussions in a number of ways. The subject line in each digest will be
identified as RoundTable Forum (or RT or some other designation --
suggestions are welcome) to make this distinction clear.
2. RoundTable Forums will have a guest moderator who will initiate
discussions by suggesting parameters for the deliberations, who will
monitor on-going contributions, who will act as a meta-voice commenting
on the threads as they develop, who will keep the discussion focused,
and who will conclude the Forum when it has reached its useful end.
3. After a RoundTable finishes, the moderator will be expected to
provide a summary of the discussions that will be stored on the SHAKSPER
4. RoundTable discussions will be conducted on a more formal level than
ordinary list discussions: contributors will be expected to reflect upon
their offerings for sometime before submitting them and contributors
will be expected to conduct any research that may be necessary to
support their positions. In other words, there will be no merely
subjective responses -- NO, I have not read Tamburlaine but I feel
Marlowe meant . . . and the like.
5. Participants are expected to make a commitment to a RoundTable. If
you pose a question or challenge someone else's position, you will be
expected to be available to respond to your responders. Members should
not drop a line of thought and then disappear.
6. Only one RoundTable subject will be discussed at a time.
7. The guest moderator will determine when to conclude the RoundTable.
8. Prospective moderators (PM) will submit to me a 300 to 500 word
proposal/call for discussion (CFD). The PM will select from the existing
list of topics or propose one herself. The PM will in the CFD suggest
possible areas of discussion and initiate discussion with a question or
statement. For the first few RoundTables, I will select from the
proposals the topic/moderator. After that, we explore if there is a way
that members can have input into selecting the topic and-or guest
moderator to conduct the discussion.
9. All RoundTable submission will be send to me either at
. I will forward the
individual submissions to the guest editor, who will return them to me
in a digest at her convenience. I will perform final formatting and
distribute the RoundTable digest to the members. We would hope to keep
turn-around time as reasonable as possible with two to three RT digests
appearing each week.
Now, I will entertain any responses or suggestions for improvements to
Next, I will be entertaining proposal/CFDs as outlined above in number
8. Also, please include a paragraph about yourself and your interest in
Once, I have a few proposals in hand, I will make my determinations and
invite the first two or three Guest Moderators (GM) to begin their
We will get started in mid-August.
So far here is the list of possible topics I have compiled:
* SHAKESPEARE'S LIVES to 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM
SHAKESPEARE: The State of Shakespeare Biography
* Historicism, New Historicism, Presentism: Where are we and where are
* Performance Criticism: Thirty Years After
* Lukas Erne's Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist: Shakespeare Stage or
Page or . . .
* Electronic Shakespeares
* The State of the Discipline
* New Uses for Old Books
* Pedagogy: The Shakespeare Classroom Today
* Alternative to the Research Paper in the Shakespeare Classroom
* Verse Speaking: Its Value. Does it matter?
* Realization of Text into Performance.
* Editorial Practices
* Shakespearean (Early Modern) printing and publishing
* Textual matters
* The relevance of religion
* Restoration and 18th- & 19th-century adaptations and interpretations
* Shakespeare on film
* Shakespeare's language (i.e., linguistically considered--but poetic
and rhetorical approaches would be interesting too)
* Family life in Shakespeare and his time
* Historical approaches (e.g., related to law, politics, finance, etc.).
* TV Shakespeare
* Current Shakespeare Film Adaptations
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