The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0477 Friday, 31 December 2010
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, December 31, 2010
Subject: SBReviews Panel Update
Let me update subscribers on the work of the SBReviews Panel.
Founding SBReviews moderator Peter Paolucci has stepped aside a few months ago and
has been replaced by Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fayetteville State
University, Jeremy Fiebig. Jeremy is a graduate of the Mary Baldwin College/American
Shakespeare Center program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance.
He served as Assistant Director and Stage Manager for the American Shakespeare
Center's 2006 Resident Troupe season including productions of As You Like It,
Macbeth, The Tempest with director Giles Block, and Othello. He has directed Twelfth
Night, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, The Two Noble
Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, True West, Peer Gynt, Godspell, The Importance
of Being Earnest, Yasmina Reza's Art, The Tempest (ASC's Young Company), and others.
Jeremy has performed in nearly 40 productions in the past decade. Highlights include
Claudius in Hamlet, the title role in King John, Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost,
Malcolm and Duncan in Macbeth, Antony in Sweeney Todd, and many others. Jeremy is a
four-time Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan nominee and an
Equity Member Candidate.
Jeremy is also a techno geek, and to assist Panel members in doing their work,
Jeremy has established electronic procedures for the workflow were methods that were
put into place by Peter Paolucci under his watch.
I am also delighted to announce that two eminent Shakespearean have joined the ranks
of the Panel members: Evelyn Gajowski, Professor of English at University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, and Evelyn Tribble,, Professor and Donald Collie Chair of the Department
of English at University of Otago, New Zealand. All of the members of the Panel,
Hardy M. Cook, Jeremy Fiebig, Arthur Lindley, Murray M. Schwartz, Peter Paolucci,
Martin Mueller, and Mark G. Aune, warmly welcome Lynn and Lyn.
Further good news is that there will be several new reviews for subscribers after
the New Year.
Let me take a moment to remind subscribers of the work of the SBReviews Panel.
Panel members read reviews and comment and occasionally volunteer to write reviews
as they are moved to do so. The only other responsibility is to suggest reviewers
and help decide what books should be reviewed.
Long-time members of SHAKSPER are familiar with the conference and its work.
SBReviews Panel members use the following the description of the list that we use
when the moderator contacts potential reviewers and publishing representatives who
might not know about SHAKSPER:
SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
Now in its twentieth-second year of serving the academic community, SHAKSPER is an
edited and moderated, international, e-mail distribution list for discussion among
Shakespearean scholars, researchers, instructors, students, and anyone sharing their
academic interests and concerns. The Editor uses L-Soft's LISTSERV software to
deliver, archive, and manage the SHAKSPER digests. In addition to regular mailings
to members, anyone can use the Internet to access the archives and other SHAKSPER
materials from the SHAKSPER web site <www.shaksper.net>. The list's approaching
1,100 members have joined from sixty-six countries. Members include prominent
Shakespearean textual scholars and bibliographers, editors and critics, as well as
university, college, and community-college professors, high-school teachers,
undergraduate and graduate students, actors, theatre professionals, authors, poets,
playwrights, librarians, computer scientists, lawyers, doctors, retirees, and other
interested participants. SHAKSPER strives to emphasize the scholarly by providing
the opportunity for the formal exchange of ideas through queries and responses
regarding literary, critical, textual, theoretical, and performative topics and
issues. For readers' convenience, these messages are lightly edited and grouped in
separate digests according to topic. Significant questions and comments from actors,
directors, or any member of list are welcome. The source of the post is not the
issue; the issue is its relevance to the broad scope of academic interests in
Shakespeare studies. Contributions that are clearly irresponsible, offensive, or
apart from SHAKSPER's purpose, including those concerning the so-called "Authorship
Question," will be ignored. Announcements of conferences, calls for papers,
seminars, lectures, symposia, job openings, the publication of books, the
availability of online and print articles, Internet databases and resources, journal
contents, and performances and festivals are regular features as are assessments of
scholarly books, past and present theatrical productions, and Shakespeare and
Shakespeare-inspired films as well as citations and discussions of "popular" culture
references to Shakespeare and his works. SHAKSPER also provides occasion for
spontaneous informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a sense of
belonging to a worldwide scholarly community. In recent years, several special
features have been added to SHAKSPER, including Cook's Tour of Internet Resources
for Students and Scholars of the Early Modern Period; periodic Roundtable
discussions, concentrating on significant topics derived from issues of current
interest in the discipline; and the SHAKSPER Book Reviews (SBReviews), reviews
overseen by a Moderator and Panel that selects the books for review and the peers to
review them, and then vets these reviews prior to their distribution as regular
digests, which are then archived on the SHAKSPER web site. In addition to the
archive of past discussions, the SHAKSPER web site includes Selected Guide to
Shakespeare on the Internet, an international directory of Shakespearean
institutions, organizations, libraries, and journals; a bibliography of poems,
novels, plays, and films inspired by Shakespeare and his works, and much more.
The seeds of what would become the SBReviews project can be traced to late 2005 when
the SHAKSPER server crashed and I was working on what would become two publications
about SHAKSPER (PDF copies of these two essays are available by request). As I
reflected upon the list and its situation in late 2005, I realized that some of the
difficulties that I was having as moderator could be attributed to changes in the
demographics of the list and to my then laissez-faire behavior as editor/moderator.
I concluded that the list had strayed too away from its roots and mission to serve
the academic community. When the list came back online after the new server was
operating, I vowed to strive to recover the purpose for which the list had been
established. One way that I planned to do so was to become more active as
editor/moderator and another was to introduce additional features that were aimed
directly at the target audience, Shakespeare academics. One of my ideas in the
latter category was to begin a peer-reviewed book feature. I announced my intention
to create this feature and recruited Panel members whose names were announced in
February 2008. The Panel began work: all business for the SBReview project is
conducted through e-mail; the first reviews were published in January 2009:
Elena Levy-Navarro. The Culture of Obesity in Early and Late Modernity: Body Image
in Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Skelton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
ISBN-13: 978-0-230-60123-9; xi + 238 pp. US$74.95.
Reviewed by Arthur Lindley, Institute for Advanced Research, University of
SBReview_1 initially appeared on January 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0031
<http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0029.html> and is also available as a PDF
file <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/AL_Elena%20Levy_1_19_2009_HMC_2.pdf> .
Scott L. Newstok, editor. Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare. West Lafayette, Indiana:
Parlor Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-60235-002-1; lv + 308 pp. US$32.00.
Reviewed by Murray M. Schwartz, Professor, Department of Writing, Literature &
Publishing, Emerson College
SBReview_2 initially appeared on January 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0032
<http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0030.html> and is also available as a PDF
file <http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/MS_Review_KBurke_1_21_2008_HMC_1.pdf> .
Gothic Shakespeares. Edited by John Drakakis and Dale Townshend. General editor,
Terrence Hawkes. _Accents on Shakespeare Series_. New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN
978-0-415-42067-9; 264 p. US$39.95.
Reviewed by Peter Paolucci, York University
SBReview_3 initially appeared on April 2, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0153 <
http://www.shaksper.net/arch ives/2009/0151.html> and is also available as a PDF
Margreta de Grazia. Hamlet without Hamlet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Reviewed by David Richman, University of New Hampshire
SBReview_4 initially appeared on July 14, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0371 <
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0371.html and is also available as a PDF file.
Lesel Dawson. Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature. Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2008.
Reviewed by Eric Langley, University College London.
SBReview_5 initially appeared on October 29, 2009, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 20.0540
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0539.html and is also available as a PDF file.
Samuel Crowl. Shakespeare and Film: A Norton Guide. New York: W. W. Norton &
Company, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0393927658; xxv + 238pp. US$27.50.
Reviewed by Caroline Gaddy, James Madison University, The Shakespeare Standard.
SBReview_6 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0268
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2010/0275.html and is also available as a PDF file
The New Kittredge Shakespeare: Julius Caesar. Ed. Sarah Hatchuel. Newburyport, MA:
Focus Publishing, 2008. ISBN-10: 1585102601. ISBN-13: 978-1585102600. 144 pp.
Reviewed by Alisha Huber, Mary Baldwin College.
SBReview_7 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0269
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2010/0276.html and is also available as a PDF file
Bruce R. Smith. Phenomenal Shakespeare (Blackwell Manifestos). Oxford: Wiley-
Blackwell, 2010. Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-0631235484; 232 pp. US$84.95. Paperback:
ISBN-10: 0631235485; US$29.95. Kindle: US$26.96.
Reviewed by James Mainard O'Connell, Assistant Technical Director/Shop Foreman,
SBReview_8 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0270
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2010/0277.html and is also available as a PDF file
David Schalkwyk. Shakespeare, Love, and Service. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780521886390. Pp. x + 317. U.S. $93.
Reviewed by David Evett, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University.
SBReview_9 initially appeared on July 10, 2010, in SHAKSPER digest SHK 21.0271
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2010/0278.html and is also available as a PDF file
Work of the SBReview Panel
SBReviews is a collection of peer-reviewed books of importance to students,
teachers, researchers, scholars, and those who share their academic interests in the
study of Shakespeare and of the theatre and literature of the Early Modern Period.
SBReviews is maintained by the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel, under the direction of a
rotating moderator selected from within the Panel membership .
Panel members select the books for reviewing, invite qualified persons to review
these books, and critically vet the resulting reviews, including suggesting changes
as required; and finally the Panel members approve the completed version of each
review prior to publication.
The moderator corresponds with the members of the Panel in identifying books to be
reviewed and in nominating and choosing qualified peers to review the selected
books. The moderator acts on the behalf of the Panel handling the correspondence
between the Panel and the reviewers. The moderator also writes to publishers to
procure complimentary copies for reviewers and informs publishers of reviews when
they are published.
The SBReview Panel strives to work with three intake periods: completed book reviews
of 1,000 to 2,000 words are due to the panel on the first of April, August, and
December. The panel reviews submissions and suggests revisions if necessary. Edits
and corrections must be completed so that reviews can be published no later than the
first week of the following months (May, September, January). All correspondence of
the SBReview Panel is conducted by e-mail and coordinated by the moderator.
Panel members suggest books for possible reviewing, nominate possible reviewers or
volunteer to write reviews as appropriate, participate in the selection process of
selecting reviewers, participate in the vetting of submitted reviews, suggest
revisions if needed, vote to approve or reject all reviews prior to publication on
SHAKSPER initially as regular SHAKSPER digests, and then as PDF versions that are
mounted on the SHAKSPER fileserver. The final editing and formatting is my
responsibility as the Owner, Editor, and Moderator of SHAKSPER.
The majority of the work of the Panel is done by the rotating moderator and me.
Working on the panel is strictly voluntary and members contribute as much or as
little as they can given their other varied commitments and are free to resign at
any time. The moderator strives to distribute e-mails with an eye toward making work
on the Panel as efficient and as timely as possible. The majority of the commitment
of Panel members is to make recommendations and to spend as much time as they can
afford in reading reviews and suggesting changes or improvements if the vetted
review is accepted by the Panel for publication.
The founding moderator of the Panel was Dr. Peter Paolucci, who devised most of the
procedures and the workflow for the group. Professor Jeremy Friebig, Assistant
Professor of Theatre at Fayetteville State University, has taken over from him.
I will make every effort to get the most recent reviews out as soon as possible
after New Year's
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