The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0596 Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Subject: Reactions to and Thoughts about SHAKSPER Book Reviews
The responses to my query of last week about establishing a Book Review
feature on SHAKSPER were plentiful and enthusiastically affirmative.
Let me take the next step now and request your thoughts about how such a
procedure would be managed.
My initial suggestions are these:
1. I will establish a small group of Book Review advisors (probably four
to six members). Do I have any volunteers? Keep in mind that I will only
be appointing a handful of members so that the group does not become so
large that it cannot function efficiently.
2. Subsequently, I will forward requests I receive to have a book
reviewed to this group or the members of the group themselves will
select publications to be reviewed for so-called "publication" on SHAKSPER.
4. Members of the group will make a request for reviewers and will
select the person awarded the task.
6. I, the chair of, or a member of the Book Review Group (or Board, or
Advisory, or . . . Please share your thoughts about a designation.) will
request that the publisher send a copy of the book to be reviewed to the
7. The reviewer will then have a month or so to read, consider, and
write a thoughtful 500 to a 1000 word review. Do members consider this
an appropriate length?
8. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the advisors before they are
posted to the list.
9. After reviews are distributed as daily posts, they will be archived
in a book review section of the web site.
10. Reviews will become the basis for further discussion threads about
the work under consideration or about its subject or matters related to it.
I welcome any private responses to these or any matters arising from
Finally, let me sincerely thank all of you who took the time and energy
to respond to my first request. One of the reasons that I enjoy and
continue to offer my time and talents to bring this conference to its
members is for the tremendously thoughtful and kind responses that I
receive in appreciation of my work. SHAKSPER is the principal channel
from which I obtain respect and gratitude for what I do, sentiments that
are not forthcoming in the majority of my other daily activities. THANK
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