Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 326. Wednesday, 26 May 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 25 May 93 15:48:57 EDT
Subject: More Uses of SHAKSPER
Responding several days behind everyone else, as usual...
The uses of SHAKSPER? Getting lists of recent books of interest. Locking
horns with other interested parties over some minor point (such as the
spelling of Hamnet Sadler's name); or over major issues of interpretation
(such as Branagh's version of "Henry V"). Providing an outlet, so that one
isn't so tempted to erupt at parties with discourses on the Mountjoy
depositions, which NO ONE ELSE CARES ABOUT. Laughing at Steve Urkowitz's
puns. Having the chance to listen in, and occasionally chime in, on
discussions by noted scholars about the interpretation of certain
characters or textual cruxes (cruci?). Learning about, and having the
opportunity to participate in, interesting experiments like Tom Loughlin's
Email consortium of mentors.
Is it worth an hour a day of your time? Only you can answer that. But I
can say without reservation that being a member of this list is an honor,
a joy, an education, and a constant pleasure. I'm not a professional
scholar, I can't attend the conferences, I don't have time to read the
journals; SHAKSPER gives me a whiff of the action.