Shakespeare Electronic Conference
Member Biographies - Volume 61

*Jones, Cameron Thomas <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I am a student of English at Dalhousie University, Halifax N.S. Canada.
I am in my third year of undergraduate study, and my first year of an
honours program.  Your site was recommended by my professor as an
intriguing place to read on about Shakespeare, and some of the academic
communities focuses. It is unlikely that I will be a contributor to the
site.  My purpose is simply to enjoy what is being written by others.
If my interest is sparked I may involve myself more, but as for now it
is simply a site of interest.

*West, Frances <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Frances West.  I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history,
with a minor in English.  I am not currently pursuing a degree, nor am I
associated with any institution at the moment.  However, I continue to
study the humanities as much as being a stay-at-home-mother allows.  I
do enjoy Medieval Studies, however, I also enjoy the Renaissance,
especially the literature. Obviously, I like Shakespeare.  My favorite
plays are As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II, Much
Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Othello, and The Taming of The Shrew.  Of
course I have many more to read.  I also like most of the movies I have
seen. My interests in Shakespeare, as far as literary criticism, include
his views on Order, kingship, and love.  I have always found it
interesting that Richard II and Henry V seem to have such opposing views
on the privilege of wearing the crown.  I also like the way Shakespeare
wrote about love in his plays.  In fact, I wrote an undergraduate paper
on love in The Taming of The Shrew.  I am familiar with the works of
Northrop Frye and E. M. W. Tillyard, as well as David Daniell and Irene
Dash, but I have a very small library of criticism.  I also enjoy the
debate on the "true" identity of William Shakespeare, although it does
not make any difference to me who he was.

*Villa, Marili <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Marili Villa, I'm Italian, 37 years old. I studied philosophy
at the College and worked in a public library.  Now I'm a housewife with
many interests (I never get bored!) and Shakespeare is my most important
interest.  So I am not an expert, but I really love reading the Bard!! I
hope you'll let me enter your great community.

*Stilborn, James <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is James Russell Stilborn.  I am 19 years old and currently
studying at Medicine Hat College (Brooks Campus).  I have decided to
join you organization because it will be an asset in one of my courses,
English 312A: Shakespeare.  I have also applied because of a personal
fondness of Shakespeare bestowed on me by my father.

*Batey, Kristine <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I'm daunted by this assignment. Who am I? I've been a professional
writer and editor for many years, mostly for educational and medical
trade publications. I've also published poetry and short stories; I had
a poem included in the Pushcart Prize collection a number of years ago.
About 16 years ago-it must have been, I was pregnant and the baby's in
high school-I published a paper about Antony and Cleopatra in a student
publication. The paper dealt with the themes of ripeness and
overripeness in the play, and I still rather like the idea, particularly
'round about September. That was my Shakespeare publication. Five days a
week I go to an office at Northwestern University and spend the day
handling administrative problems, talking students out of quitting
school, tracking down paychecks, and mollifying faculty. In return for
this, every two weeks they give me money, and I get to take my kids to
the doctor when they're sick.  I still work as a freelance writer and
editor; sometimes I do a little cartooning; I sing and play, hymns and
gospel and folk. A few years ago I belonged to a church-based
folk/rock/gospel group whose one group ambition was to work the song
"Lola" ("I met her in a bar down in old SoHo . . .") into a United
Methodist service, mostly because we liked the opening riff. We
chickened out, a number of times. I was involved in drama groups in high
school and college, and a couple of times as an adult.  I've been
married for 25 years to a man who loves philosophy and flashlights and
who handles toilet repair with the air of Walt Whitman, loudly
proclaiming the assembly instructions to the universe. I have two
daughters, both in their teens. Both of them are writers who also draw
and sing and act. I love words, I love the theater, I love
Shakespeare-plays and sonnets and all.

*Takeuchi, Fumiko <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Fumiko Takeuchi.  I am an Associate Professor of Meiji
College of Pharmacy in Japan.  I have majored in Shakespeare since my
youth. When I was a student of Tokyo University about thirty years ago,
I was directed and instructed by Professor Jiro Ozu, who was the pioneer
of Shakespeare study in Japan.  The title of my thesis for the degrees
of M. A. was Twelfth Night and Elizabethan Comedy'.  I started to work
as an English teacher of Kyoritu Junior Women's College in 1975.  Since
I got a position as associate professor of Meiji College of Pharmacy in
1988, I have written some papers about Elizabethan Drama for the
bulletin of my college.  The titles of my recent papers are as follows.
A Midsummer Night's Dream and the classics (1996) Social Elements and
Dramatic Power in As You Like It (1993) Satirical Elements in The Merry
Wives in Windsor (1990) I am now interested in the relation between
Shakespeare and Ovid.  I examine what Shakespeare learned from Ovid and
how he made his drama.

*Johnson, Brian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Brian Johnson and I am a native resident of Kansas City,
Missouri. I am a graduate student at the University of Missouri at
Kansas City, studying English Literature and Language.  I am thirty
years of age and single with, as of yet, no romantic interests other
than that which pertains to literature.  I spent four years serving my
country, at least that's what they told me I was doing, in the U.S. Army
as a combat engineer.  After the Army I decided to use the GI Bill to
finish my bachelors degree which as well was in English literature.
Needless to say I enjoyed school so much that I decided to stay in for a
while longer and earn a Masters of Arts degree. As for my interests, I
love to read, especially eighteenth century literature.  I love the
epistolary novel.  I also fancy myself a bit of a movie buff, in
particular the classics.  Basically, if its filmed in b/w, it's for me.
I love Shakespeare and Star Trek in which I find many similarities, and
hope to find stimulating and fun conversation through this discussion

*O'Brien, Peggy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Peggy O'Brien, currently Vice President for Education, Corporation for
Public Broadcasting.  Teacher.  Publisher of Shakespeare Magazine.
Editor of Shakespeare Set Free, the three-volume series on the teaching
and learning of Shakespeare which features essays by scholars and
practical plans by working classroom teachers. Formerly head of
education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and founder (with Jeanne
Addison Roberts) of the Folger Library Teaching Shakespeare Institute.
Latest publications were 1996 article in Humanities Magazine on the
teaching of Shakespeare, and "'And Gladly Teach. . .': Books, Articles,
and a Bibliography on the Teaching of Shakespeare" in Shakespeare
Quarterly, Summer 1995.  Interested in all aspects of Shakespeare study
and performance, especially those pertaining to the teaching and
learning of Shakespeare which is, in many ways, what keeps us all in

*Faber, Ben <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My interest in the SHAKSPER list is primarily a pedagogical one:  I
teach a full-year, upper level course on Shakespeare.   Since completing
my D.Phil. in 1992 with a thesis on popular satire in the 1640s, my
research has been in the following three areas:  Milton, Elizabethan
popular culture, and mysticism.  At the 1997 Conference on John Milton,
I will be presenting a paper on theodicy and the characterization of Eve
in Book 5 of _Paradise Lost_; I argue that Eve demonstrates the ability
to govern appetite by reason, exonerating God from the charge of having
created a flawed Eve.  At the 1998 meeting of the Popular Culture
Association, I will be giving a paper on the role of popular satire in
the 1590s, particularly the attempt by conservative forces to redefine
Martinist satire in criminal terms;  the title of the paper is "Pasquil
or Libel?: Defining Popular Satire".  I have also continued my interest
in the radical sects of the mid-seventeenth century, and recently gave a
paper at a local conference on the influence of Jakob Boehme on Henry
Alline, a Newlight preacher and hymn writer in Nova Scotia in the
1780s;  this paper demonstrated that Boehme's brand of mysticism,
mediated through William Law, had a significant impact on exegesis and
hymnody in the Newlight movement in eastern Canada.

*Moschovakis, Nicholas R <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Current project: prison writings, representations of incarceration and
discourses of bondage in early modern England (i.e. pre-Enlightenment:
this has little or nothing to do with Foucault.) Relevant conference
paper: "Playing the Prisoner" (actually mostly about the forms and
discourses of bondage in *The Tempest* and their relevance in early
modern London), Ohio State Shakespeare Conference, May 1997  Imminent
conference paper: "Prison Writing as Ethnography," in session entitled
"Contemporary Anthropology and the Representation of Culture in Early
Modern England," MLA 1997. (This will be largely about Thomas Dekker's

Some other interests relevant to SHAKSPER:
- Shakespeare's use of genres
- university drama and Latin drama, incl. Buchanan
* Reformation and early Elizabethan drama

*Pinkava, Pavel <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Pavel Pinkava is not a professional Shakespearean scholar and has yet to
publish anything on the subject. He has however taken a strong interest
in the field in the last few years. His formal education has been
heavily Science based and he holds a PhD in Solid State Theoretical
Physics from Imperial College, London. After his PhD Pavel became an
active broker of products traded on the London International Financial
Futures Exchange and more recently has been a successful dealer
investing into East European money markets. Pavel was born in Prague in
1965 and thanks to his close-nit family still speaks fluent Czech
despite having grown up in England since 1968. Pavel's recent interest
in Shakespeare was spurred by his purchase of a copy of the complete
works whilst on a business trip to Scotland in 1993.  He still recalls
the truly delightful "personal revelation" of reading the Sonnets for
the first time on the flight back. Since 1995 his interest in the
Sonnets has accelerated and he has virtually all annotated editions in
print. He is also a member of the British Library where he has examined
the original copies held there. Pavel's level of interest has now grown
to the point that he has taken a career break to further his researches
into the subject. He hopes that his personal study will yield useful
results in due course.

*Harris, Narrelle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Narrelle and I learned to love Shakespeare through a
particularly enthusiastic and wonderful high school English teacher who
introduced us through 'Hamlet' and the Derek Jacobi production.  I have
done some acting myself, and still hope one day to perform in a
Shakespearean production... one of the witches, perhaps, or Kate.  I am
a budding writer as well, with two manuscripts currently on the market
but, alas, no sales as yet. I look forward to discussing Things
Shakespearean on the mailing list and carrying out a little research for
a story I would like to write.

*Brinn, Stewart <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I am only studying for the English A'level qualification, which is a
pre-university course. If someone such as myself is welcome on the list,
I would be more than happy to become a member, and I thank you for the
follow up to my enquiry.

*MacKenzie, Julia <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Julia MacKenzie.  I am currently a Master of Letters
(postgraduate) student studying externally through the University of New
England, Armidale, Australia.  I have a BA, with majors in English
Literature and History.  My thesis topic for my MLitt, and my main area
of interest, is in the absence of mothers and father/daughter
relationships in Shakespeare's plays.  My (unfinished) thesis is
focusing on some feminist viewpoints, but with an emphasis on
Elizabethan thought on the family, marriage and filial obedience, with
reference to the influence of Puritan doctrine over Pauline orthodoxies.

*Moss, Kim <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Kim Moss.  I was an English Literature Major in college. I
developed an interest for Shakespeare when I was a freshman in high
school.  The first thing we read was Twelfth Night.  The teacher was
very good and everyone in the class enjoyed Twelfth Night. I majored in
English Literature in college.  I had two classes on Shakespeare there.
I started to really appreciate the language and the plots. I am
currently an attorney.  My interest in Shakespeare has returned in the
last few years.  I try to  see as many Shakespearean plays and movies as
I can, I enjoy watching  a good performance of Shakespeare.  When the
actors are good it is as if you know and understand every word that they
are saying.

*Hillyar-Russ, Peter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Biography: I am a middle aged, and English. My first degree was in
Theology, which I took (aged 33) at the University of Durham, England in
1979. After some years in Christian ministry I moved into teaching. I
have spent the last 12 years working with pupils with a variety of
special needs, typically involving emotional or behavioural difficulties
which have required them to be educated in residential establishments.
My professional speciality is in the residential care of my clients. I
became interested in the theatre some ten years ago when I was working
with a group of teenage boys who were highly intelligent, but severely
dyslexic, and I discovered that the theatre provided them with an access
to literature from which they would otherwise have been excluded. My
interest in Shakespeare developed as I explored the medium of theatre
with this group. I cannot claim a formal "professional interest" in
Shakespeare, though I am studying for a Masters' degree in English
Literature with the UK Open University. I am an enthusiastic amateur
reader and viewer of the plays, with a particular interest in the
variety of interpretations possible on the stage. My interest extends to
other English Renaissance playwrights and the theatre generally. I see
most of the major English productions of plays from the Renaissance
period (including all such productions by the RSC and RNT since 1990),
and my informal reviews, shared with Internet friends, have been well

*Mitchell, John Allan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I am currently taking an MA in English at Dalhousie U., in Nova Scotia.
My interests are still rather broad and undefined, but I am looking
toward completing my MA thesis on A Winter's Tale.

*Ullyot, Michael <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I would greatly appreciate being added to your distribution list for
SHAKSPER, as I understand it is one of the foremost sources of
Shakespeare discussion available today.  I am currently studying at
McGill University in Montreal (Canada), under Michael Bristol. Professor
Bristol is supervising my honours thesis on Shakespeare and the literary
canon-a comparison of various plays by Shakespeare in terms of their
canonical qualities (popularity, frequency of curricular appearance,
etc.). I am thus very interested in Shakespeare studies as they apply to
contemporary literary theory, as well as myth criticism and Harold
Bloom's theory of the anxiety of influence. Non-research interests
include the epic quality of Shakespeare's histories and their
presentation of various theories of political philosophy, and the
various adaptations of Shakespearean material within popular culture.
These interests will, I hope, inform my future work in Shakespeare


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