Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0102. Wednesday, 9 February 1994.
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 1994
Subject: Another Landmark for SHAKSPER
On October 3, 1993, I announced that SHAKSPER's membership had passed the
400 mark. I am pleased to announce today that as of Friday, February 4,
1994, SHAKSPER has more than 500 members. This phenomenal growth reflects
the vitality of our conference. With this growth comes new ideas, new
questions, and new perspectives from which we all benefit. On the
administrative side, however, more members can mean more work for me
as your editor and for the University of Toronto's LISTSERV Maintainer,
Steve Younker, to whom we all owe an enormous debt. To reduce the number
of error messages that are sent to me and to Steve Younker, it particularly
important that if you are going to be away from your accounts for an extended
period that you use the NOMAIL option and that if your account is going to
become inactive that you SIGNOFF at that address.
I have every expectation that SHAKSPER will continue to grow and thrive.
Below you will find the current version of the SHAKSPER Announcement, which
you can download to share with colleagues and friends who may be interested
in joining us.
Let me close by thanking all of you for making SHAKSPER the exciting
international conference it is.
Hardy M. Cook
S H A K S P E R:
The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
SHAKSPER is the international electronic conference for Shakespearean
researchers, instructors, students, and those who share their academic
interests and concerns. It currently involves more than 500 SHAKSPEReans
(many of whom are prominent scholars), from Australia, Brazil, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, New
Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.
SHAKSPER has been mentioned in *Canadian Humanities Computing*, *REACH*, the
*Shakespeare Bulletin*, the *Shakespeare Newsletter*, the *SAA Bulletin*,
*Cahiers Elisabethaines*, *Shakespeare Jahrbuch*, a NCTE volume on teaching
Shakespeare, *Shakespeare Quarterly*, and many more places.
Like the national and international Shakespeare Association conferences,
SHAKSPER offers announcements and bulletins, scholarly papers, and the formal
exchange of ideas -- but SHAKSPER also offers ongoing opportunities for
spontaneous informal discussion, eavesdropping, peer review, and a fresh sense
of worldwide scholarly community. Furthermore, all these benefits are yours
without any travel or expense, beyond whatever you or your institution may have
to pay for electronic mail itself.
The SHAKSPER Fileserver offers conference papers and abstracts, an
International Directory of Shakespeare Institutes, biographies of conference
members, and a variety of announcements and bibliographies. Members of a
number of seminars at the upcoming Shakespeare Association of America
Conference will find their colleagues ready to share papers, comments, and
strategies in advance.
The daily SHAKSPER digests are organized by subject for the reader's
convenience, based on the model of the Bitnet seminar HUMANIST. Conference
announcements, Shakespeare Association bulletins, member notes and queries,
book and theatre reviews, textual debate, discussion of lecture strategies --
SHAKSPER has already logged all this and much more. (And although computer
technology plays an obvious role in the medium of discussion, it does not
dominate the actual content of SHAKSPER's discussion.)
Technically, SHAKSPER is a Listserv "list" running under VM/CMS on an IBM 4381
at the University of Toronto, Canada. It is known as <SHAKSPER@utoronto> on
NetNorth/CAnet in Canada; Bitnet in the United States, South America and Asia;
EARN in Europe, Africa, and Asia; ANSP in Brazil; and GULFNET in the Arabian
Peninsula. The list editor, Hardy M. Cook, is an Associate Professor of
English at Bowie State University in Maryland, and can be contacted at
No academic qualifications are required for membership in SHAKSPER, and anyone
interested in English Literature, the Renaissance, or Drama is welcome to join
us. Write to the editor, or issue the command "TELL LISTSERV@utoronto SUB
SHAKSPER firstname lastname," and you will receive a more detailed information
file with further instructions for becoming a SHAKSPERean. (SHAKSPER is not
open to automatic subscription, but no one is refused.)