The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0604 Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Subject: SHAKSPER: The Pump-Priming Edition
Comment: SHK 17.0581 SHAKSPER: The Pump-Priming Edition
Last week, I proposed that we consider making periodic Roundtable
discussions a regular part of SHAKSPER. I then asked for responses to
this idea and possible topics for discussion. What I did not delineate
was a procedure for how such Roundtables might work. So here are some
preliminary thoughts I am offering for members to think about.
First, all such discussions would be identified specifically in the
subject line as Roundtable (or some other designation - suggestions are
welcome) to distinguish these from regular list queries.
Second, only one of these discussions would be conducted at a time.
Third, discussions would be time-limited. One possibility would be to
set the discussion time limit of two, three, or four weeks. Another
possibility (and the one that I am leading towards) is to have a guest
moderator for each topic. The moderator would edit and oversee the
contributions and determine when the discussion had run its course.
Four, a list of possible future topics would be available on the website
and subject to constant revision.
Five, I would like to set up a simply process by which members have
input into selecting the Roundtable topic to be discussed and for
volunteering to be a guest moderator of the discussion, should we follow
If you have any thoughts about these or other procedures, please send me
a private e-mail. When I have a set of procedures that I believe can
work, I will post these to the membership, and given no ground swell of
resistant we will get under way.
Thanks, and below for your information are the topics that have been
suggested so far.
* The State of the Discipline
* Historicism, New Historicism, Presentism: Where we are and where we
* Performance Criticism: Thirty Years After
* SHAKESPEARE'S LIVES to 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM
SHAKESPEARE: The Future of Shakespeare Biography
* Lukas Erne's Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist
* Electronic Shakespeares
* 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.
* Employment of the rising iambic line in the creation of argument.
* Editorial practices (everything from specific cruxes to the pros and
cons of the new Arden Hamlet)
* Shakespearean (Early Modern) printing and publishing
* Textual matters
* The relevance of religion (intelligently discussed)
* Restoration and 18th- & 19th-century adaptations and interpretations
(I mean theatrical interpretations though of course with critical
* 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.).
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