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Internet Resources of Interest to Shakespeareans
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0083  Sunday, 1 March 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Sunday, March 01, 2009
Subject:    Internet Resources of Interest to Shakespeareans

About ten days ago, in "SHK 20.0068 Some Announcements," I announced the 
most recent revision of my "Selected Guide to Shakespeare on the 
Internet" <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/internet.sites.html> 
was available from the homepage of the SHAKSPER Internet Site 
<http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0066.html>.

I originally developed this list of recommended Shakespeare-related 
Internet sites for an essay I wrote for the collection SH@KESPEARE IN 
THE MEDIA: FROM THE GLOBE THEATRE TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB. The list has 
gone through a number of iterations in the past six years, but the 
current version represents the most extensive update to date, an update 
resulting from my completely revising my original essay for the second 
edition of SH@KESPEARE IN THE MEDIA (eds. Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and 
Jorg Helbig. Britannia. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Peter Lang. 
Forthcoming 2009).

Since I am about metaphorically to cut the umbilical cord to the 
teaching position I have held for some 32 years, I have been thinking of 
how I might continue to make use of some of the scholarly and 
pedagogical materials and resources I have gathered and how I might 
share some of the things I have learned as well as to have an excuse to 
continue with these pursuits.

Then it occurred to me the other day that I could write short monographs 
for SHAKSPER, a pursuit that would provide me tremendous pleasure, since 
writing has become my most pleasurable activity these days. (No, 
kidding. My mind is no longer my second favorite organ.)

I plan, for example, to discuss in more depth than a 20,000-word essay 
permitted resources I mention in my essay for SH@KESPEARE IN THE MEDIA. 
I also plan to share and make available for download on the SHAKSPER 
server some of the PowerPoint presentations I have developed on subjects 
like "Shakespeare's Life and Works," "The Transmission of Texts in the 
Early Modern Period," "The Dominant Ideology," and "An Introduction to 
Shakespeare's Stage," for example.

In other words, I thought that I would use SHAKSPER as my classroom to 
share and transmit information and resources I have gathered and 
developed over the years, thus providing me the excuse for continuing to 
collect those resources, a pursuit that has come to define a large part 
of my life and to write about what I have found and how they can be used.

I will begin with by discussing some Internet resources for the study of 
the Early Modern Period, starting with materials like the 1549 Book of 
Common Prayer.

Hardy M. Cook
Soon-to-be-retired Professor
Independent Scholar and
Editor of SHAKSPER

PS: I am looking for a catchy name for whatever I am describing doing. 
Please e-mail me if you have a suggestion.


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