Oxfordian journal update from M. Egan

The Oxfordian update from Editor Michael Egan

The Oxfordian: Annual Journal of the Shakespeare Oxford Society invites applicants for the following positions:

  • The book-reviews editor keeps an eye on the publishing world (online and off) through 2010, secures Shakespearean and English-Renaisance books to be reviewed, identifies and corresponds with reviewers, and makes sure edited copy comes in on time.
  • The year’s-work-in-attribution-studies editor reviews books and articles of specific interest to Oxfordian readers and writes a column for the next issue of The Oxfordian.
  • Oxford-and-Oxfordians-in-the-news editor keeps a running record throughout the year of news items and developments and writes up a survey for the next issue of The Oxfordian.

Anyone who is interested in these non-paid positions may contact The Oxfordian Editor Michael Egan at drmichaelegan@comcast.net.

Deadline for the next issue of The Oxfordian is June 30, 2010. To submit articles please follow these guidelines:

  • Submit Microsoft Word files.
  • Submit by email to drmichaelegan@comcast.net.
  • Use Modern Language Association reference system and format all additional comments as end-notes.
  • Graphics are welcome.
  • Play references should follow the style: I ii. 3.

Shakespeare Oxford Society members receive a copy of The Oxfordian as a benefit of membership. Join online at: http://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?Merchant=shakespeareoxfordsociety&DeptID=27020

Non-members of the Shakespeare Oxford Society may order a copy of the latest issue by sending a request for The Oxfordian/11 (2009) The Annual Journal of the Shakespeare Oxford Society to: Shakespeare Oxford Society, P.O. Box 808, Yorktown Heights, NY, 10598-0808. Enclose a check for a total of $24.95. ($20 plus $4.95 shipping via USPS Priority Mail)

Back issues of SOS publications may be ordered online at: http://www.goestores.com/catalog.aspx?StoreName=shakespeareoxfordsociety&DeptID=49368

The Oxfordian/11 contents

Open Forum:

David Kathman: Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare

Peter Farey: Why Marlowe Didn’t Die in 1593

Ramon Jimenez: De Vere Revisited

John Hudson: Amelia Lanier Wrote the Plays

John Raithel: The Case for William Stanley

Stephanie Hopkins Hughes: An Oxfordian Response


Robin Fox on Elizabethan Grammar Schools

Earl Showerman on Shakespeare and Sophocles

Frank Davis on Greene’s Groatsworth

Michael Egan replies to MacDonald P. Jackson

John Shahan and Richard Whalen answer Elliot and Valenza

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  • Lynne  On November 22, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    I would like to request a retraction and apology by the SOS for the following statements as written by David Kathman and published by Michael Eden in The Oxfordian:

    “Ogburn’s attempt to make it mean the opposite of what it says is typical of his aggressively deceptive rhetorical style.”

    “Ogburn… is typically mendacious on this point…”

    “This is a typical example of Ogburn’s arrogantly certain rhetoric about a subject on which the only ‘evidence’ he provides is shockingly distorted.”

    I object to such material being published in an Oxfordian journal. But I object far more to its tone and its implication that Ogburn is a liar.

  • Lynne  On November 22, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Sorry, I meant to write “Egan”, not “Eden.” 🙂

  • Roger Stritmatter, PhD  On November 22, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    I recommend that anyone applying for this job carefully read the first issue to see what you’re getting in for. Despite the title, this is by no means an “Oxfordian” publication.

    Also, the publication needs to advertise for a style sheet editor.

  • Michael Egan  On November 23, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    I’d like to thank Mssrs Stritmatter and Kositsky for their typically thoughtful comments. If either would care to apply for the advertised positions, including that of style-sheet editor, I’ll be glad to consider them. I fully acknowledge my continued ride on the software learning curve and know both have much to teach me. I do think however that the current TOX makes a damn good read and hope it will find an audience in English and Comp Lit departments generally. I guess we’ll see what happens to Brief Chronicles and how widely it is read beyond the subscribers to the SF site.

    The value of BC and recent SF interventions should be to make us all reconsider the strategies adopted to advance the Authorship Debate. Intellectually and morally bludgeoning people does not seem to me the way to go. That’s exactly what the academic Stratfordians do and what I object to. Calm and documented refutations, followed by calm and documented argument in the other direction is what works, in my opinion.

    If Ms Kositsky has a comment to make about Kathman’s (or anyone else’s article), the pages of TOX (either as Letter to the Editor or in the form of an article) are open to her.

    Michael Egan
    Editor, The Oxfordian

  • Lynne  On November 24, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Re Dr Egan’s comment: “I do think however that the current TOX makes a damn good read and hope it will find an audience in English and Comp Lit departments generally. I guess we’ll see what happens to Brief Chronicles and how widely it is read beyond the subscribers to the SF site.”

    It may surprise Dr. Egan to know that unlike TOX, Brief Chronicles is written largely by Oxfordians for Oxfordians (and perhaps some others with open minds). To that end we have already received registrations from our own members and members of the SOS, as well as a few–so far–Stratfordians. It is not our wish to do anything other than supply Oxfordians and any others interested with an excellent Oxfordian journal with cutting edge articles that are of use to Oxfordians and other interested parties, as well as possibly some reprints of ground-breaking articles of earlier years. Our articles will be carefully peer-reviewed and insult free. We are not as interested in authorship debate as Dr. Egan. Most Oxfordians are beyond that point. They have already decided that Oxford is the bard. They want evidence to help his case.

    The fact that BC is free on the web makes it much more accessible to those who aren’t members of the SOS, although we plan to publish a paper edition also as time goes on.

    I would not wish to apply for any of the unpaid editorial positions, although I thank Dr. Egan for his kind offer. If I do volunteer work in this area–and I have done quite a bit–it will be to further the Oxfordian cause.

    Frankly, I wouldn’t waste my time responding to Dr. Kathman whose virulently anti-Oxfordian critiques many other Oxfordians and I have seen countless times before. His aim is to destroy Oxfordiana, using ad hominem, insult, and poorly researched material. He should stick to Elizabethan theatre because he’s done some excellent work in that department.

    Best wishes,

  • Roger Stritmatter  On November 24, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Please see the announcements section at Brief Chronicles.

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