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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0431  Tuesday, 3 July 2007

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Date: 		Monday, 02 Jul 2007 14:09:18 -0700
Subject: 	Shakespeare at Oxford

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Dear All-Richard McCabe has asked me to send round this message clearing 
up certain egregious errors re Shakespeare at Oxford which the quality 
British press have been putting about.-Mike

Shakespeare at Oxford
from Richard McCabe, Chairman of the Oxford English Faculty Board

The articles appearing in Saturday's Independent and today's Telegraph 
about the future of undergraduate Shakespeare Studies in Oxford's 
English Faculty are erroneous and misleading. Contrary to those reports 
there has been no proposal to drop the compulsory Shakespeare paper and 
the study of Shakespeare will remain central to the course.

The Oxford English Faculty is in the process of reviewing its syllabus 
and the mode of delivery and assessment of its courses. It has 
undertaken this review in response to developments in the wider academic 
community and to the changing needs of its students and talents of its 
staff. It remains fully committed to promoting the study of Shakespeare 
at both graduate and undergraduate level and there is no proposal to 
abolish the Shakespeare paper or to diminish the study of Shakespeare in 
any way. On the contrary, the faculty's teaching strength in the area 
has been greatly increased by the appointments of Tiffany Stern and 
Simon Palfrey whose collaborative work on Shakespeare's playtexts 
represents a radical reappraisal of the textual history of the canon. 
Their arrival lends the Faculty the highest concentration of 
Shakespeareans in its history (with Colin Burrow, Katherine 
Duncan-Jones, Richard McCabe, Tom MacFaul, Laurie Maguire, David 
Norbrook, John Pitcher, Diane Purkiss, Emma Smith, Bart van Es, and 
David Womersley). Oxford University Press publishes one of the most 
successful editions of Shakespeare in the world and, working in 
collaboration with the Press, the English Faculty has established the 
Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures which are intended to provide an 
international forum for debate on a par with the Clarendon and Ford 
Lectures. The Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, named in honour of 
Stanley Wells, will be published by OUP. Two internationally renowned 
scholars, Professor David Scott-Kastan and Professor Katharine Eisaman 
Maus, will be the first participants. Shakespeare has a permanent home 
at Oxford.

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