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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0090 Wednesday, 3 March 2010
From: Hardy M. Cook <
A few final remarks about my PowerPoint Presentations.
First, again, I thank everyone who responded to me with kind thoughts and remarks.
Second, I noticed that the layout of some of the slides in the Life and Times presentation needed to have the text and images more carefully balanced, needed to have font sizes adjusted, and needed other minor tweaks to have a more evenly weighted presentation of the information as it was arranged in the frame. I have, I hope, made these corrections and mounted the revised files at the same addresses as I previously announced. (See below)
In several of the responses to me, responders assured me they would acknowledge me as the source of the slides. I have been thinking about this and such acknowledgement is not necessary. Because I viewed the presentations, above all things, as instructional tools, I was not as careful as I might have been in acknowledging the sources of the images and information that I included. When I was borrowing a great deal and relied heavily on the work of another, I did prominently include a link to the web site from which the information came. I never had intentions of using these for commercial purposes. My only intention was to provide illustrations for my students in such a manner as to help them to understand the concepts and information I was trying to get across. And now all that I am trying to do is to let anyone who might find the presentations useful in the classroom to use these slides for the same purposes. This means that I took a rather broad interpretation of "fair use." And I apologize to anyone who feels that I did not provide adequate acknowledgment to something I might have borrowed from you. I can understand the dilemma that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., found himself in. As is often the case in the African-American Church, the preacher considers the message more important than the source. This is how I felt. I was trying to help my students to understand and in doing so I used whatever I could find that I thought would help me. In distributing these presentations here, I am not trying to benefit financially or even by reputation. Please use these in anyway you feel that might help you in your teaching as they helped me in mine. I worked for many years to update and refine these and it seemed such a shame that they gather electronic dust on my hard drive as it were when they might help others in their teaching.
Also, several people asked me of there were anyway I might provide commentary to the slides, either as a spoken accompaniment or as notes to the presentation. Golly, gee, I am so delighted you all like these presentations and maybe someday I might get around to recording or writing up a commentary to go along with them; I just have a lot of other I feel are more important now.
The entire collection of PowerPoint presentations are these:
Life-Shakespeare's Life and Works-more than 240 slides of 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; 2) images from Warwickshire to London situating Shakespeare in a 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).
[I provide the zipped files for anyone who requires a more compacted version to download.]
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." This presentation also examines printing house practices.
Theater-Shakespeare's Theater -- 300+ 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). The presentation begins with an inordinate amount of text but I hope you will find interesting images later,
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 ?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?"
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. If you have an interest in any of these portraits, please contact me for further information about them.
I suggest you begin with the *_1.ppt version of what interests you. Should it download properly and open properly, you should proceed to the remaining smaller files in the presentation. When you have downloaded all, then you should reassemble into the larger file as it is intended to be. You will only need the zip files if you have trouble downloading the regular versions.
I may feature these presentations more prominently when I have the SHAKSPER web site redesigned, especially since I will be migrating to FiOS service as soon as I can find someone to help me with the migration and configuration.
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