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Are you now or have you ever been . . .
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0186  Friday, 9 March 2007

[1] 	From: 	Stephen Cohen <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:03:35 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[2] 	From: 	Fiona Ritchie <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:28:48 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[3] 	From: 	Stefan Andreas Sture <
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	Date: 	Friday, 9 Mar 2007 10:31:17 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .


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From: 		Stephen Cohen <
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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:03:35 -0500
Subject: 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Colleagues,

I'm one of those who was "randomly selected" to answer the NY Times 
survey.  Though a confirmed anti-anti-Stratfordian, I've never gone on 
record publicly one way or the other, so I don't think the choice of 
respondents-in my case, anyway-is a set-up.

The questions, however, are another story.  They contain a lengthy 
sequence of "have you read the works of" questions concerning authors on 
the anti-Stratfordian side (at least as far as I recognized the names), 
with few or none (as far as I know) on the other side.  There were 
several loaded questions about teaching the authorship question like "do 
you think your reputation would suffer if you were to discuss the 
authorship controversy in your classes" (with no follow-up question like 
"do you think your reputation *should* suffer"), and the whole thing 
read to me like a fishing expedition for yet another anti-academic, 
"professorial establishment repressing legitimate debate" article 
(though I hope I'm wrong).

If you want to see the questions for yourselves, the link is 
http://technyt.com/surveys/

If you'd like to contact Mr. Niederkorn, his invitation to respondents 
indicated that he can be reached at 
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telephone, 212-556-5822.

Steve Cohen
Central Connecticut State University

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From: 		Fiona Ritchie <
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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:28:48 -0500
Subject: 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

I just wanted to share with fellow SHAKSPERians the rather random text 
printed on a mug I have:

"There's been an ongoing battle over the true identity of the author of 
William Shakespeare's plays; the theory most folks buy now is that 
Shakespeare himself wrote The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo 
and Juliet, Christopher Marlowe wrote Macbeth, Sir Francis Bacon wrote A 
Midsummer Night's Dream, and Lee Harvey Oswald wrote The Merchant of 
Venice.  Experts have long suspected Bacon's hand in at least one of 
Shakespeare's plays, and Marlowe made no secret of his desire to get 
credited for his work on Macbeth, but what led to Oswald's involvement 
with The Merchant of Venice?  No one's quite sure, but the evidence is 
compelling: Shakespeare's signature on a long-lost motion picture 
contract, wherein the bard was paid seven shillings for the rights to 
his life story, the highlight of which was his 1589 confession to the 
Warren Commission."

Fiona Ritchie
Assistant Professor
McGill University

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From: 		Stefan Andreas Sture <
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Date: 		Friday, 9 Mar 2007 10:31:17 +0100
Subject: 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0182 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Have you seen this?

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2007/01/mad_method_in_shakespeare_stud.html

I'm not too proud to be a Norwegian, but at least I gave the book a 
thrashing in my review:

http://www.f-b.no/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061119/ANMBOK/111190040/1058/AKTUELT
#

Stefan Andreas Sture
Medlem av Norsk Journalistlag/Frilansjournalistene
og Norsk Kriktikerlag


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