The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 26.012 Monday, 12 January 2015
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Date: January 8, 2015 at 4:48:29 PM EST
Subject: UVU prof to co-edit Shakespeare web site
UVU prof to co-edit Shakespeare web site
January 07, 2015 1:30 pm
Barbara Christiansen DAILY HERALD
January 07, 2015
“You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.”
― William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew"
OREM -- William Shakespeare used the name Kate for his central character in “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Two other Kates have come into his realm, nearly 400 years after his death.
Kate McPherson, a professor at Utah Valley University, and Kate Moncrief, a professor at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., have been asked to co-edit a new edition of Shakespeare’s Life and Times, a section of a website dedicated to The Bard.
“I feel really privileged to have been selected for this opportunity,” said McPherson, a professor of English and the Honors Program director at UVU. “They asked me to do it.
“I think Shakespeare’s Life and Times gets a quarter-million visits a month. That is kind of cool.”
Her co-workers are not surprised she was selected.
"This is a great honor for her, but then Kate has a long history of success in Shakespeare studies,” said Stephen Gibson, chair of the UVU English and Literature Department. “Recently, she edited the collection Shakespeare Expressedand will also be writing the introduction and annotations for the New Oxford edition of his play 'Pericles.' As significantly, Kate, her students, and the residents of the Slate Canyon Youth Center have produced some of Shakespeare’s works together.
"She’s an outstanding example of the excellent scholars and teachers at Utah Valley University."
"It’s a great opportunity for Kate, who is more than qualified for this challenge,” incoming department chair Grant Moss said. “It’s also a nice addition to the department’s research profile.”
The two Kates, although nearly across the country from each other, have been collaborating on this project and others. They get together several weekends during the year.
“We are excited about working on it,” McPherson said. “There are more than 300 articles on the site. Each of them has a short entry and further reading on the topic.”
They plan on presenting a preliminary version at the World Shakespeare Congress in 2016, for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
“If we can get it done by the summer of 2016 that is a good target,” McPherson said. “It is probably a two-to-three-year project before we roll out a fully ramped version.”
It is the first major revision of the site.
The two Kates will not be the only ones involved. McPherson plans on having some of her students do research for the project.
“I think I will employ about six or eight students this spring semester to be my research assistants,” she said.
“I am kind of psyched about being able to involve students in some of the research. That gives a sense of what scholars do.”
UVU has given her a $10,000 Grant for Engaged Learning to pay the students to do the research for the Internet Shakespeare Editions project.
“The ISE is a well-established digital humanities project operated out of the University of Victoria, British Columbia,” McPherson said. “The SLT (Shakespeare’s Life and Times)" is an online encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s life, stage, society, history, ideas and literature, and it is the most visited part of the ISE.
“Kate Moncrief and I now have creative and intellectual leadership on the project, in order to restructure it, appoint and liaise with contributors, and employ student research interns to help update the site. This is a long-term commitment that offers many opportunities for undergraduate research, both inside and outside of the classroom.”
The site was originally established in 1999, and the two Kates will make revisions and commission new articles to bring it into the 21st century. They will be including some of the newest research and developments in Shakespeare studies from numerous sources.
At UVU, McPherson teaches Shakespeare courses and focuses on having her students know his plays the way they were most likely presented in his times. She has also worked on a similar project, with a digital map of early modern London, with links to people, places and organizations.
She said the Bard and his works have endured for good reason.
“Mostly I think it is because he is one of the first authors in English to construct characters with great psychological depth,” she said. “He combined that with tremendous poetry.
"It takes a hold of people. They want to hear it. It crosses cultures in ways that maybe not all literature does.”
The current version of the site may be viewed at http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/intro/index.html.
UVU’s web site tells of McPherson’s accomplishments.
She won the university’s highest honor, the Trustees Award, in 2012, it says. She most recently co-edited Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England (2014) with James Mardock. She is co-editor, with Kathryn M. Moncrief and Sarah Enloe, of Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (2013); and with Moncrief of Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance (2011) and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (2007). She participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Shakespeare’s Blackfriars: The Study, the Stage, the Classroom, at the American Shakespeare Center in 2008, and serves as resident scholar for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, an original practices performance troupe begun by two UVU students.