Digital Shakespeare

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0442  Thursday, 1 November 2012

 

From:        Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 31, 2012 7:22:44 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Digital Shakespeare

 

I’m pleased to hear of Alan Young’s success in using electronic materials in the classroom. I too find that projecting the text onto a screen is preferable to saying “let’s all turn to 3.4.22” because everyone is instantly looking at the same thing. But rather than use an iPad for this, I use my regular laptop because it has all 3,000 books of mine that I’ve digitized (and around the same number of articles), including all the major editions of Shakespeare. It also has a lot of films ripped from DVD to the hard disk.

 

So, if someone says “but my edition has ‘your philosophy’ not ‘our philosophy’ at that point” I can throw their particular edition onto the screen and we can all go through the collation and the explanatory notes and see where the variant comes from.  Or, if someone raises how a particular moment might be staged, we can all look at that moment in each of several film versions.  This is a bit trickier as it relies on me remembering the play well enough to find exactly that moment in the film, but with a ripped MP4 file one can jump to any moment in a fraction of a second, whereas DVDs are so clunky that one risks losing the students’ attention while the disk whirls around trying to catch up with your search.

 

These pedagogic benefits alone are for me justification enough for whatever licence agreement violations I committed in ripping the films and scanning the books. Then there’s research payoff . . .  Paper books and DVDs don’t come anywhere close to this kind of usefulness and I can’t see any justification for keeping them. I acknowledge Louis W. Thompson’s point about direct light as opposed to reflected light, but find that projecting the image overcomes all objections about eye-fatigue.

 

Gabriel Egan

Rosenberg “Masks” Book Sale

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0441  Thursday, 1 November 2012

 

From:        Mary Rosenberg <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 31, 2012 7:47:50 PM EDT

Subject:     Rosenberg “Masks” Book Sale

 

Sale of Marvin Rosenberg’s “Masks” Books:

 

Thank you to all those who responded to my notice about the sale of unused copies of Marvin Rosenberg’s Masks books. I still have a few copies left (hardcover $55, paperback $35, including postage). The only copies that remain of The Masks of Hamlet and The Masks of Anthony and Cleopatra are hardcover: The Masks of Othello and The Masks of King Lear are still available in paperback.

 

If anyone is interested, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thank you.

 

Mary Rosenberg

 

November Events: George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0440  Thursday, 1 November 2012

 

From:        Emily Russell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 31, 2012 6:26:13 PM EDT

Subject:     November Events: George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program

 

Join us in November for two exciting events at George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program: 

 

On Monday, Nov. 12, from 1-2 pm, Dr. Dennis Kennedy will be presenting a lecture on “The Culture of the Spectator.” Currently Beckett Professor of Drama Emeritus in Trinity College Dublin, Dennis Kennedy will consider examples from sports, popular culture, and the theatre in order to open up a discussion about a ‘culture’ of the spectator in the present. 

 

For more information: http://www.gwmemsi.com/2012/09/the-culture-of-spectator-lecture-by.html

 

 

Erika Lin will be with us on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 11:10 am-12:20 pm, to explore early modern theatre. Lin, an Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University, takes a close look at Thomas Dekker’s play “The Shoemaker’s Holiday” as she explores the process by which festivity was transformed into commercial theatre through the act of performance in “Playing with Time: Pancakes and Bells in ‘The Shoemaker’s Holiday.’”

 

For more information: http://www.gwmemsi.com/2012/10/playing-with-time-pancakes-and-bells-in.html

 

 

Both of these events are open to the public and will be held on the George Washington University campus in Rome Hall, room 771 (801 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C., one block from the GW/Foggy Bottom metro station).  

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