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SHAKSPER: The Pump-Priming Edition
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0581  Wednesday, 21 June 2006

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Subject: 	SHAKSPER: The Pump-Priming Edition

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Now, that appears that we are approaching my long-sought goal of raising 
the level of discourse on SHAKSPER, I would like to propose a possible 
new feature to the conference.

In the early days of the list, Shakespeareans who taught in smaller, 
relatively isolated institutions around the world would often seek me 
out at conferences to thank me for providing them a kind of virtual 
faculty lounge, a sense of belonging to a community of scholars with 
whom they could share their thoughts and explore their ideas despite the 
comparative dearth of actual colleagues where they lived and worked.

It has occurred to me that we might be more intentional about this 
aspect of our community and institute periodic topics to discuss amongst 
ourselves - a SHAKSPER Roundtable.

Examples of such topics could be the following:

* The State of the Discipline
* Historicism, New Historicism, Presentism: Where are we and where are 
we going?
* Performance Criticism: Thirty Years After
* SHAKESPEARE'S LIVES to 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM 
SHAKESPEARE: The Future of Shakespeare Biography

I could probably go on for hours listing topics that I am interested in 
seeing discussed.

I welcome your thoughts in private - I have no intention of making this 
a discussion thread itself.

Let me know what you think of this idea. If you think it is a worthy 
one, offer some of your own topics.

I will reflect on your responses and decide whether to pursue or drop 
this idea.

Thanks and best wishes,
Hardy

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