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Current SHAKSPER Files of Interest to Students and
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0144  Monday, 30 March 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Monday, March 30, 2009
Subject:    Current SHAKSPER Files of Interest to Students and Scholars 
of the Early Modern Period

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Our webmaster and otherwise technical guru for all things SHAKSPERean 
Eric Luhrs and his wife Ana are currently occupied with joyous family 
matters. As a result, I am, for the most part, on my own with any 
complex technical matters that pop up.

I have, in any case, wanted for a long time now to redesign the SHAKSPER 
website to make it easier for me to add content on my own without having 
to bother Eric. He and I have talked about a future design that would 
enable me to use Adobe Contribute to undertake such tasks.

Until the time that this redesign becomes reality, I have decided to 
create some shortcuts on my own.

I will regularly be announcing in digests to members links to files that 
can be read or downloaded from the SHAKSPER server.

Today, I am posting, for a limited time, links to PowerPoint 
Presentations I used when I last taught Shakespeare:

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Life.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Ideology.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Texts.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Theater.ppt
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Chronology.ppt

NOTA BENE: I created these presentations for INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY 
  --  for classroom use as an accompaniments to lectures, under the fair 
use provisions of copyright law. All images that are derived from 
Internet sources were visited in-class and used in the presentations as 
an electronic quotations as it were to remind students of the image's 
source. I make these presentations available here for a limited time so 
that others may get ideas about how these marvelous resources can be 
deployed in successfully varied electronic classroom presentations. I 
have found that students benefit when they can see images illustrating 
what the instructor is discussing. The only remuneration I have derived 
from these presentations has been from having satisfied students: 
"Guerdon! O sweet guerdon! better than remuneration, 
elevenpence-farthing better most sweet guerdon!"

Life  --  Shakespeare's Life and Works  --  240+ slides, 1) portraits, 
images of Shakespeare from Droeshout engraving and Holy Trinity bust 
through others with varying claims to authenticity as well as 
imaginative interpretations of them (I searched for as many related 
images as I could find. From these, I hope you will see how influential 
Droeshout and Chandos were on subsequent iconography in 18th century 
portraitures, especially in the images that accompanied collected works 
that included them on through to 20th century cartoons, "To Bite Me, or 
Not to Bite Me . . . Aw, Man, That Is A @#!! Good Question!" Also, you 
can compare the recently discussed "Cobbe Family Portrait" with the 
Janssen both before and after the restoration removing the high doomed 
forehead alterations  --  see archives for previous discussions  -- 
especially  http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0120.html, for 
example); 2) images from Warwickshire to London situating Shakespeare in 
his visual context, including satellite images of Stratford-upon-Avon to 
provide a sense of the relative spatial relations between places in 
Shakespeare's hometown (such as walking distance from 
"birthplace/father's workshop" to market).

Ideology  --  The Dominant Ideology  --  40+ slides, PowerPoint 
transformation of lecture on the Dominant Ideology, what 20 years ago I 
called the Elizabethan World Picture with what I consider one of my 
favorite quotations, "When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do 
not make her more sport than she makes me?"

Texts  --  The Transmission of Shakespeare's Texts  --  approximately 
100 slides. I begin with one of the most familiar passages in the 
Shakespearean canon: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By 
any other word would smell as sweet." as it appears in modern editions 
and then I go to the passage as it appears in Q1, Q2, and F1 as a 
starting place for discussing textual transmission and "New Textualism." 
"Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars."

Theater  --  Shakespeare's Theater  --  260+ slides, Classical Drama 
(Greek and Roman), Medieval Rebirth, Development of English Drama 
(Slides in this presentation collection could be used for the broadest 
overview in a survey course to any number of individual course or 
courses in and of themselves).

Chronology  --  The Tudors and Stuarts Chronology  --  a series of 
headshots from a book I donated to the Folger Shakespeare Library of 
portraits of the Tudor and Stuart monarch of Britain and historical 
persons of interest during their reigns.

Click on a link; Be patient - most are extremely large files and will 
need some time to download.

Open when prompted.

In addition, to PowerPoint presentations, you can also find Word and 
Adobe pdf files of the first two of my Cook's Tours:

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tour1.doc
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tour1.pdf
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tour2.doc
http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/Tour2.pdf

Enjoy!

Hardy

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