The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0075  Wednesday, 25 February 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Subject:    Some More Announcements

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

When I distributed the last set of SHAKSPER digests [SHK 20.0068 
Friday, 20 February 2009 
<http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0066.html>], I called attention 
to some additions to the SHAKSPER website, including the new SHAKSPER 
Book Reviews pages and the latest version of my "Selected Guide to 
Shakespeare on the Internet," a companion to my upcoming revised essay 
"Shakespeare on the Internet" in the forthcoming second edition of 
_Sh@Kespeare in the Media: From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide 
Web_," edited by Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jorg Helbig. I also 
alluded to another announcement.

In the current issue of _College Literature_, a refereed quarterly 
scholarly journal, associated with West Chester University and edited by 
Kostas Myrsiades, Professor, Comparative Literature at West Chester 
University, I have an essay that might be of interest to SHAKSPEReans. I 
called it "Behind the Scenes with SHAKSPER." This essay explains the 
work that I do behind the scenes to bring SHAKSPER to its subscribers 
and provides background regarding the founding of the list in 1990 by 
Ken Steele, a brief history of the list, and a recounting of three of 
the threads from the early years that I believe exemplify SHAKSPER at 
its best. I introduce these discussions with the following paragraph.

        Over the years, SHAKSPEReans have talked about thousands of 
different topics. Members surely will differ about which ones they 
consider most memorable. But what long-time member could forget the 
announcement of the _As You Like It_ Hike: "a performance of 'As You 
Like It' (by Equity actors) performed at various locations throughout an 
actual forest. The actors and audience will walk together to each new 
location, covering about 4 miles all told. The audience is told to bring 
a sack lunch, which everybody will eat together during the supper scene 
in 2.7." Or Terence Hawkes's subsequent: "We may have to abandon our 
annual 'King Lear' Cakewalk. Persuading the audience to jump off the 
cliff was always difficult. However, guests will continue to be welcome 
at the Titus Andronicus Lunch (no substitutions)." I will not soon 
forget the disagreements about the appropriateness of postings about 
Shakespeare-related pornography, the extended discussion of _A Funeral 
Elegy_, or the first mentions of "Presentism." From SHAKSPER, I learned 
of the deaths of O. B. Hardison, Fredson Bowers, Peggy Ashcroft, 
Northrop Frye, Joseph Papp, Judith Anderson, G. B. Harrison, Sam 
Schoenbaum, M. C. Bradbrook, A. L. Rowse, Harold Jenkins, Maynard Mack, 
Jonas Barish, J. L. Styan, Marvin Rosenberg, Roland Mushat Frye, and 
Levi Fox. I enjoyed postings about the proper time to take tea, and as 
an added bonus I learned about "elevenses." The catalog goes on and on, 
but three extended discussions exemplify what I consider SHAKSPER at its 
best. In the following, I will attempt to capture the essence of these 
threads rather than to recount every detail or to make extensive 
commentary on cited postings.

The essay appears in a Special Issue of _College Literature_, 
_Shakespeare and Information Technology_ (36.1 Winter 2009). Many of the 
contributors will be familiar as members of this conference. The guest 
editor is Patrick Finn, who provides an introduction to the collection, 
the contents of which follow:

"Shakespeare's Multiple Metamorphoses: Authenticity Agonistes"
Kim Fedderson and J. Michael Richardson

"The Perseus Garner: Early Modern Resources in the Digital Age"
Clifford E. Wulfman

"Standing in Rich Place: Electrifying the Multiple-Text Edition or, 
Every Text is Multiple"
Michael Best

"Signal to Noise: Designing a Digital Edition of _The Taming of a Shrew_"
Alan Galey

"Shakespeare on the Road: Tracking the Tours with the REED Web Project"
Sally-Beth MacLean and Alan Somerset

""The Web of Our Life is of a Mingled Yarn": The Canadian Adaptations of 
Shakespeare Project, Humanities Scholarship, and ColdFusion 1"
Daniel Fischlm, Dorothy Hadfield, Gordon Lester, and Mark A. McCutcheon

"Behind the Scenes with SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare 
Hardy M. Cook

"The Shakespeare Dialogues: (Re)producing The Tempest in Secondary and 
University Education"
Christy Desmet and Roger Bailey

Review Essays
Interrogating the Politics of Post 9/11 Academic Freedom
[Reviews of _Academic Freedom After September 11_, ed. Beshara Boumani; 
_Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, 
Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech_, ed. Evan Gerstmann 
and Matthew J. Streb.]
John Collins

Book Reviews
[Review of _The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare 
and Renaissance Drama_, by Lorna Hutson,]
Anthony DiMatteo

[Review of _Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization_, ed. Haun 
Liheng Chen

[Review of _Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare_ ed. Scott L. Newstok.]
Willis Salomon

For information about ordering this or back issues, visit the journal's 
website at http://www.collegeliterature.org/ or contact _College 
Literature_, West Chester University, 210 E. Rosedale Avenue, West 
Chester, PA 19382, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 610-436-2901, fax: 610-436-2275.

My essay is a companion piece to the essay I published a few years ago 
in _Borrowers and Lenders_ 
<http://www.borrowers.uga.edu/cocoon/borrowers/issue?id=7151>, in that 
essay I discuss SHAKSPER's growth during the 1990s and some of the 
issues that arose with the SHAKSPER listserv as the Internet, and the 
membership of the conference, evolved from a domain populated 
predominately by academics at colleges and universities to one in which 
anyone with an account with an Internet Service Provider could have 
access to. I have off-prints that I would gladly share with anyone who 
contacts me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER

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