The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1892  Friday, 27 July 2001

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, July 27, 2001
Subject:        SHAKSPER Editor's Dilemma

[Editor's WARNING: Readers: this is a once and in a lifetime posting. It
contains personal information. If you are like me and believe that
personal information has no place on an academic list, then please
delete this message now. -Hardy]

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

What follows is really shameless, and I apologize before beginning.

After twenty-five years at Bowie State University, I am seriously
considering that I need a change. There are many excellent reasons to
stay; however, my father's recent long illness and death combined with
the death of a brother-in-law only a few years older than I and my first
mid-fifties birthday have all caused me to rethink my priorities. I have
been considering how I want to spend my remaining professional years,
and my current position does not appear to be consistent with my
desires. What I want to do is to spend a significant amount of my time
editing electronic Shakespeare editions for the Internet Shakespeare
Editions, running SHAKSPER, and working with Shakespeare in electronic
media in general.  I am also an enthusiastic and effective teacher and
would, if possible, like to continue teaching; I, however, definitely
want to get as far away from administration as I can.

My Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland College Park - "Reading
Shakespeare on Television," directed by Sandy Mack.  I am a member of
the Senior Editorial and Advisory Board of Early Modern Literary
Studies: An Electronic Journal of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century
English Literature, a member of the General Editorial Board for the
Internet Shakespeare Editions, and a member of the Executive Council of
the College English Association - Middle Atlantic Group. My greatest
professional accomplishment was being awarded the University System of
Maryland Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship
in 1999.

With Ian Lancashire, I have web published *Shake-speares Sonnets and
Lovers Complaint 1609*. Renaissance Electronic Texts 3. Toronto: Web
Development Group, University of Toronto Library, 1998.
<http://library.utoronto.ca/www/utel/ret/ret.html>, which was also
included as an exemplary text in the CD-ROM accompanying *Using TACT
with Electronic Texts: A Guide to Text-Analysis Computing Tools*. Ed.
Ian Lancashire. New York: MLA, 1996. I have published articles in *The
Shakespeare Yearbook*, *Literature-Film Quarterly*, *The Shakespeare
Newsletter*, and others. Probably, my best-known article is "Two Lears
for Television: An Exploration of Televisual Strategies"
(*Literature-Film Quarterly*. 14 (1986): 179-186). It has been reprinted
in *Shakespeare on Television: An Anthology of Essays and Reviews* (Eds.
James C. Bulman and H. R. Coursen. Hanover, NH: UP of New England, 1988)
and in the Appendix to James P. Lusardi and June Schlueter *Reading
Shakespeare in Performance: King Lear* (Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson
University Press, 1990). I continue working on my edition of
Shakespeare's *Poem* for the Internet Shakespeare Editions with the
diplomatic transcription of Q1 *Venus and Adonis* having been web
published in January 2000
</editor.html>. I have
been the keynote speaker at two regional conferences and on a SAA panel
in 1998.

This past year, I myself purchased the software license to run SHAKSPER.
I own the SPARC 10 upon which it resides. I also own the domain name
*shaksper.net* and am exploring upgrading my residential DSL service to
business account with a router and a static IP address so that I can run
the server from my home. Of course, there is a significant increase in
cost for business rather than residential DSL service, but for the first
time in my life I am starting to be able not to worry too much about

Probably, my only option is to become an independent scholar, but I do
love teaching and was once named Teacher of the Year and thought I might
try one appeal. I have taught a variety of courses on both the
undergraduate and graduate levels and currently teach a two-semester
graduate course "Research Methods and Humanities Computing." Does anyone
know of an institution in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia
area that might be interested in talking to someone with my admittedly
highly non-traditional credentials?

This is not a thread but a personal query. All responses will be
considered personal mail to me and will not be posted.

Please forgive me this unprofessional excursion, but mid-life crises do
often take bizarre forms.


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