The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0077  Tuesday, 23 February 2010


From:         Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, February 23, 2010      

Subject:      PowerPoint Presentations of the Early Modern Period 


Last year, I announced that I was making available on the SHAKSPER server some of the PowerPoint Presentations I used when I taught. These were extremely large files, and some reported that they had difficulty downloading them. 




I have been re-working all of these files, polishing them and bringing them up-to-date. I am further, in addition to the complete file, breaking the large file down into smaller ones that will enable interested persons to download more quickly and easily. Afterward the smaller files will need to be reassembled into the larger presentation, however. 


I am also including zipped versions of each of the files for persons still having difficulties. 


Last March when I first made these files available, I included a warning:


NOTA BENE: I created these presentations for INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. They were intended for classroom use as an accompaniment to lectures, under the fair use provisions of copyright law. All images that are derived from Internet sources were visited in-class and used in the presentations as an electronic quotations as it were to remind students of the image's source. I make these presentations available so that others may get ideas about how these marvelous resources can be deployed in successfully varied electronic classroom presentations. I have found that students benefit when they can see images illustrating what the instructor is discussing. The only remuneration I have derived from these presentations has been from having satisfied students: "Guerdon! O sweet guerdon! better than remuneration, elevenpence-farthing better most sweet guerdon!"


Life -- Shakespeare's Life and Works -- more than 240 slides of 1) portraits, images of Shakespeare from Droeshout engraving and Holy Trinity bust through others with varying claims to authenticity as well as imaginative interpretations of them; 2) images from Warwickshire to London situating Shakespeare in a visual context, including satellite images of Stratford-upon-Avon to provide a sense of the relative spatial relations between places in Shakespeare's hometown (such as walking distance from "birthplace/father's workshop" to market).













Texts -- The Transmission of Shakespeare's Texts -- approximately 100 slides. I begin with one of the most familiar passages in the Shakespearean canon: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as sweet." as it appears in modern editions and then I go to the passage as it appears in Q1, Q2, and F1 as a starting place for discussing textual transmission and "New Textualism." "Is it e'en so? Then I defy you, stars." This presentation also examines printing house practices that serve as an adjunct to Gabriel Egan's Virtual Printing Press announced in the previous digest for today.













Theater -- Shakespeare's Theater -- 300+ slides, Classical Drama (Greek and Roman), Medieval Rebirth, Development of English Drama (Slides in this presentation collection could be used for the broadest overview in a survey course to any number of individual course or courses in and of themselves).

















Ideology -- The Dominant Ideology -- 40+ slides, PowerPoint transformation of lecture on the Dominant Ideology, what 20 years ago I called the Elizabethan World Picture with what I consider one of my favorite quotations, "When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?"


Will be announced shortly -- probably tomorrow.


Chronology -- The Tudors and Stuarts Chronology -- a series of headshots from a book I donated to the Folger Shakespeare Library of portraits of the Tudor and Stuart monarch of Britain and historical persons of interest during their reigns.


Will be announced shortly -- probably tomorrow.


Once again, I suggest you begin with the *_1.ppt version of what interests you. Should it download properly and open properly, you should proceed to the remaining smaller files in the presentation. When you have downloaded all, then you should reassemble into the larger file as it is intended to be. 


I have included _Complete_ versions of each presentation for those with blazingly fast Internet service and-or all of the time and patience in the world (no, make that universe.) Finally. Should you still have difficulty, try the zipped version. If you still have problems, write me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional assistance.


Since I am currently uploading these files, if you have a problem try again after a wait.








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