The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0582  Friday, 7 September 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, September 07, 2007
Subject: 	Request for Reactions to and Thoughts about Possible New Feature

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

A few years ago, to avoid having postings of a commercial nature on 
SHAKSPER, I developed, with the assistance of members of the Advisory 
Board and of the list itself, guidelines about announcing book releases. 
These guidelines stipulate that members and interested parties may make 
announcements about publications so long as these announcements are 
primarily informational, emphasizing details about the work's content. 
Such announcements may include links to sites that are promotional, but 
the announcements themselves should not appear as such. I have found 
these guidelines helpful, and now I would like to call upon members to 
assist me again.

Setting aside for a moment considerations about its success or failure, 
one reason I instituted the SHAKSPER Roundtable was as an effort to have 
SHAKSPER remain as a useful service to the Shakespearean academic 
community - to continue to evolve and not to ossify or stagnate. For 
similar reasons, I am considering adding a book-reviewing feature to 

Over the years, discussions of new publications in the field have been 
an important component of our exchanges on this list. I thought that it 
might be appropriate to be more intentional about this aspect of our 

One possibility might be to establish a small group of Book Review 
advisors, to whom I would forward requests that I receive to have a book 
reviewed or to generate a list of possible new publications to be 
reviewed for so-called "publication" on SHAKSPER. The members of this 
group would then make a request for reviewers and subsequently select 
someone to be awarded the task. The reviewer would then have time to 
read, consider, and write a thoughtful 500 to a 1000 word review for 
posting on the list and for archiving on a book review section of the 
web site. These reviews would then become the basis for further 
discussion threads about the work under consideration or its subject. We 
may even request from the publishers that a copy of the book to be 
reviewed be sent to the reviewer. These ideas are only some 
possibilities that have occurred to me and are not the product of deep 

As a next step, let me request your private reactions to and thoughts 
about the possibility of our initiating a new feature for SHAKSPER 
dedicated to book reviews of works in our areas of interest.

Hardy M. Cook

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