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Brief New Year's Greeting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0001  Wednesday, 3 January 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Subject: 	Brief New Year's Greeting

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

As you can see from the header above, SHAKSPER is entering its eighteen 
year - an idea I have difficulty fully grasping, as I do with so many 
other aspects of my life.

Those who wish may want to browse the initial postings of years past to 
recapture a sense of the history and growth of this pioneering academic 
listserv - http://www.shaksper.net/archives/index.html. For those who 
can wait, it appears that I will have two essays coming forth this year 
concerning the history, development, and evolution of the list.

Surely, the past year (SHK 17) may be remember for our close to New 
Year's server crash and for my subsequent efforts (draconian or 
featherweight, depending on your point of view) when we went back online 
to take more control over the discussions.

Some too may remember my efforts to start a SHAKSPER RoundTable (or 
Forum), an idea that was welcomed enthusiastly by most but one that 
never got going for lack of a volunteer to moderate the first of this 
proposed new structure for informed discussion. Many contacted me with 
ideas for RoundTable topics, involving exciting issues in current 
Shakespeare studies. I, for example, would certainly like to participate 
in a forum on the "Historicism, New Historicism, Presentism: Where are 
we and where are we going?, one of the first tpoics I suggested in June 
when I introduced the idea 
(http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2006/0583.html) and a few weeks ago 
when I offered a detailed proposal for how these forums might operate 
(http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2006/1089.html). I am currently 
reading a collection of essays, <I>Presentist Shakespeare</I> from the 
Routledge Accents on Shakespeare series edited by Hugh Grady and Terence 
Hawkes and finding it as exciting as my first encounter with 
<I>Alternative Shakespeares</I> edited by John Drakakis, a collection 
that changed forever the way the think about Shakespeare. It appears, 
however, that those who would be interested in such a feature of the 
list are far too busy to take on the task; I will continue to remain 
hopeful that a guest moderator for the first of these RoundTables will 
emerge.

Well, I ended up spending more time than I had intended on this 
greeting, so I shall close with my best wishes for the New Year to all 
the members of SHAKSPER. Happy New Year!

Hardy M. Cook
Owner, Editor, Moderator of SHAKSPER

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