Folger Shakespeare Library 80 Years


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0220  Monday, 4 June 2012

From:        Folger Shakespeare Library <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, June 1, 2012 4:31 PM

Subject:     Join Us In Celebrating 80 Years 


Dear Friend,


As I reflect on my first year as Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, I’m inspired by what this amazing institution has accomplished. We’ve connected students, teachers, and scholars around the globe with unparalleled resources, and have fascinated thousands with productions like The Gaming Table and our Manifold Greatness exhibition. As we proudly celebrate our 80th year, we are indebted to our supporters for helping us arrive at this moment.


Today I ask you to join me in marking our 80th anniversary by making a gift before June 30 – the end of the fiscal year. You may choose to join or renew your membership at, give a completely tax-deductible gift at, or call (202) 675-0359 to make a donation by phone.


The Folger is a busy place, alive with discovery. Your contribution today sets us firmly on the path to excellence tomorrow by supporting the quality programming and robust services that are our hallmark. Now as ever, it’s only with your generosity that the Folger can continue to thrive.


Again, I thank you sincerely for your support.


With best wishes,

Michael Witmore



How To Make A Gift
ONLINE: Click here to make a gift online through our secure site.
BY PHONE: Call the Development Office at (202) 675-0359.

BY MAIL: Please send a check made payable to “Folger Shakespeare Library” to: 


Folger Shakespeare Library,

Attn: Development Office 

201 East Capitol Street, SE,

Washington, DC 20003

SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0219  Monday, 4 June 2012

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

Date:         June 4, 2012 8:31:27 AM EDT

Subject:     SAA June 2012 Bulletin


The SAA June 2012 bulletin has just been posted on the SAA website at The bulletin is now an exclusively electronic document but may be downloaded and printed if you prefer examining its pages in hardcopy. In this issue you will find 61 seminars and workshops being offered for the Forty-First Annual Meeting in Toronto to be held on Easter weekend, 28-30 March 2013 at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The SAA rate at the Royal York is $130 USD per night for single or double occupancy. This rate includes in-room internet access and as well as access to the hotel exercise facilities.


Please examine, too, the selection of special events being planned for the 2013 Meeting including a day trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, 31 March.


Seminar and workshop registration is underway now through 15 September and is open only to SAA members; SAA membership dues are charged on an academic year basis, payable now. Both your membership renewal and seminar/workshop registration may be completed online at


I do hope you will plan on joining us in Toronto and wish you the best for the summer months.


Kind regards,

Michele Osherow

Interim Executive Director


The June 2012 SAA Bulletin may also be downloaded from here:   pdf  SAA June 2012 Bulletin

CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0218  Monday, 4 June 2012

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

Date:         June 4, 2012 5:15:28 AM EDT

Subject:     CFP Shakespeare and Myth — ESRA Conference in Montpellier


The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the CFP/List of seminars for the “Shakespeare and Myth” ESRA Conference, which will be held in Montpellier (26-29 June 2013).


Choose one and send your abstract before 1 October 2012.


Visit the ESRA webpage:


See attached, or download the seminar presentations at:


Juan F. Cerdá

University of Murcia (Spain)


You may also download the ESRA announcement with seminars here:  pdf  CFP ESRA 2013 (219.03 kB)

Pedestrians Crossing Cairncross


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0217  Friday, 1 June 2012


From:        Gerald E. Downs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         May 31, 2012 5:44:25 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: Pedestrians Crossing Cairncross


This line didn’t do much for Larry Weiss:


> The pendulous Foucault stuff didn’t do much for me.

> Really?  Puh-leese!  I enjoy a good pun as well as the

> next guy, but this isn’t a good one.  I suspect “pendulous”

> here is an unintentional malaprop for “ponderous.”


Larry doesn’t enjoy a bad pun as well as some guys. By pendulous I meant the F stuff had been hung (appended) to the topic. What pun? For what it’s worth, my malaprop(ism)s are intentional, or so I’ll claim. “Ponderous”? Not to me. But Larry, what do you think? Was F 2H6 partially influenced by Q3 “Contention”?


Gabriel Egan observes:


> No, this can’t be coincidence. As Downs shows, my essay

> echoes Ronald (not “Robert”) Knowles’s edition of 2H6.

> I reviewed Knowles’s edition of 2H6 shortly before writing

> my essay . . . . I trust that SHAKSPERians will accept that

> this borrowing was unconscious.


I wouldn’t suggest otherwise; my point was that plurality of coincidence shows influence.


>> I would like to ask Gabriel if he thinks Contention is a

>> memorial reconstruction. Does he think Q3 supplemented

>> F copy? I couldn’t get his views from the article.

> I think that York’s bungled account of his own family

> tree in the [Q] points to memorial reconstruction being

> at least part of the explanation . . . . I don’t know whether

> Q3 supplemented F copy . . .

> This is a problem, then, of overdetermination: we have

> more explanations than we need to account for the

> textual situation. Thus our efforts should be focussed on

> eliminating one or more of the explanations.


Don’t we do this by determining which are wrong? For instance, TT, Lear, Hamlet, R&J, R3, etc., all use quarto copy. Much evidence shows the same for 2H6 (Q3). Why can’t we eliminate the “I don’t know”?


When the evidence is contradictory in textual matters the bad theories have to be weeded out and the good ones overlaid to account for all, or most all the evidence (without contradiction). Because agents and their behaviors complicate things, things get complicated.


Gerald E. Downs

Donation Request Consideration


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0216  Friday, 1 June 2012


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

Date:         Friday, June 1, 2012

Subject:     Donation Request Consideration


Dear Subscribers,


SHAKSPER is a free service that has been offered to the Shakespearean academic community for the past twenty-three years. 


Even though there is no charge to subscribe or to use the resources at the SHAKSPER web site:, I do ask that users, with the means, consider donating to support SHAKSPER. As with public services like PBS, I have decided, beyond the footer and web site, to call attention to the donation process once or twice a year.


If you have donated in the past, you have my sincerest thanks. 


If you would like to donate now or in the future, you may go to the SHAKSPER web site <> and click on the Donate button to the right.


Best wishes, 

Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.  

Professor Emeritus 

Bowie State University 

Editor of SHAKSPER <>   

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PS: I do not acknowledge or keep records of those who donate, so that I am not in any way, even subconsciously, influenced by the donation process. Please note that donations are considered gifts to assist in the work of SHAKSPER.

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