The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0068 Thursday, 1 February 2007
Date: Thursday, February 01, 2007
Subject: Apology/Explanation and Roundtable Clarification
Let me apologize for (or rather explain) the recent, brief, unannounced
hiatus. This is the first week of classes, and I previously was in
denial about returning to work after the winter break. Anyway, I simply
had pressing matters to deal with that were more important than editing
SHAKSPER. But, then again, in the past three or four years, I have,
thankfully, gotten less obsessive about the list than I had been
formerly and now I simply miss days when my workload or health take
My private correspondence, some people seem to be confused about
Roundtable procedures. Of course, this is no wonder since we are
beginning a new enterprise on SHAKSPER. Apparently, my use of the phrase
"those of you who wish to participate in the Roundtable discussions" has
caused some confusion.
To begin, let me assure members that I have never contemplated not
sending ALL SHAKSPER postings to All members of the list.
My intention here, however, is to distinguish Roundtable discussions
from the quotidian traffic on the list. One way that I plan to do this
is to send out only ONE Roundtable digest per week (I'm planning on
doing this on Tuesdays). After a Roundtable digest is distributed,
those members who have an academic interest in the topic under
discussion will reply. I will send those replies to the Guest Moderator,
who will organize and comment on the responses and provide a brief
summary of the week's exchanges. The Guest Moderator will then send all
of this back to me, and I will organize and format the materials into
the week's Roundtable digest, which will then be mailed to members I
hope on Tuesday. I have no idea how well or poorly this plan will work,
and I imagine that Hugh and I will modify it as we go along.
Now back to the misunderstanding, the Roundtable concept came to me as
yet another way to try to raise the level of discourse on the list.
Because there is a Reading List and because the Roundtable subjects are
selected from topics of current interest to the disciplines of
Shakespeare or Early Modern Studies, my desire is that those who
contribute to the discussions be knowledgeable, informed, and familiar
with the issues involved. I am not looking for casual off-the-cuff
remarks. Everyone will receive and be able to read and follow the
Roundtable discussions, but participants are expected to have read from
the selections on the Reading List and to be conversant with the
parameters of the Roundtable topic.
For the past year, I have been attempting to return SHAKSPER to its
academic roots and, in this case, to provide scholars around the world
with an alternative venue to conferences and publications to talk and to
Hardy M. Cook
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