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Showerman speaks on Folger edu-blog

Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman posted a comment about Greek influences in Hamlet to the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Making a Scene: Shakespeare in the Classroom educational blog on February 14, 2010. Showerman’s commentary supported a February 12, 2010 post by Folger Education Programs Administrative Assistant Caitlin Smith titled, “The Greeks and Shakespeare”.

In her discussion of Orestes in the February 12 post, Smith said:

Shakespeare’s plays, too, have a certain je ne sais quoi which allows them to stay present in the public eye, and even Shakespeare may have been influenced by Greek Tragedy.  Take, for example, HAMLET and ORESTES: They both involve the murder of a king by a relative. The protagonists find themselves denied their fathers’thrones by newly wedded couples. Both Orestes and Hamlet experience periods of madness, and their revenge takes the lives of both the mother and her new husband. Also, both stories place great emphasis on the importance of faithful friendship (in Plyades and Horatio) vs. seeming friendship (in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and Menelaus).

Showerman augmented Smith’s post with a lengthy and specific commentary on Hamlet‘s Greek influences, and closed with the request:

Is it not time that Jonson’s misleading claim of Shakespeare’s ‘lesse Greek’ as regards Euripides’ influence on the playwright be broadly challenged by the academy?

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Brief Chronicles indexed by MLA-IB

Brief Chronicles Managing Editor Gary Goldstein reported that Brief Chronicles has been selected for indexing in the Modern Language Association International Bibliography and the World Shakespeare Bibliography.

“Selection for indexing by two international bibliographies in the humanities demonstrates the superb quality of scholarship already to be found in Brief Chronicles,” Goldstein said. “Since this selection comes immediately upon publication of our inaugural issue, it is clear we have met the high standard expected of the scholarly community on an international level.”

The peer review journal focussed on Shakespeare authoship was launched as a free online publication in November 2009 and will be published annually. The editorial board includes 12 academics from universities in the US, Canada, and England including scholars in theater, English, law, medicine, economics, history, theater and Shakespeare authorship.

Goldstein said:

The MLA International Bibliography is the most widely distributed humanities database, being the pre-eminent reference work in the fields of literature, language, linguistics, folklore, ethno-musicology, and teaching. The database is compiled by the staff of the MLA Office of Bibliographic
Information Services with the cooperation of more than 100 contributing bibliographers in the United States and abroad. The MLA International Bibliography annually indexes over 66,000 books and articles, lists over 1.5 million citations, and is available worldwide in print, CD-ROM and online at
www.mla.org/bibliography.

The World Shakespeare Bibliography is sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., edited by Professor James Harner at Texas A&M University, and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The online version is located at www.worldshakesbib.org.

The World Shakespeare Bibliography provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare published or produced between 1960 and 2010. The scope is international, extending to more than 120 languages. The more than 123,496 records in the 2009 edition cite several hundred thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings.

Six new BC editors

Brief Chronicles General Editor Roger Stritmatter reported this news about the publicaton:

Editors of the Shakespeare Fellowship’s new online peer reviewed scholarly journal of authorship studies, Brief Chronicles, are pleased to announce that six new distinguished scholars have joined the journal’s team of editorial consultants, which now numbers twelve in all.
The new members include a Research Professor in Economics from the University of Hertfordshire, a specialist in historical codicology and textual dating from Harvard University, a former editor of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals with an established expertise in 19th century anonymous publication, a Professor of Shakespearean studies from Blackburn College, and a widely published Professor of theater history from the University of Missouri. The sixth new member of the board is a pioneer in the use of biometric linguistics to establish authorship of disputed documents, a regular legal consultant in forensic linguistics, and a nationally recognized expert on the Daubert Standard.

The six new members are:
Geoffrey M. Hodgson, PhD, a Research Professor in Economics at the University of Hertfordshire in England. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and the author or over 12 books and over 100 articles in academic journals.

Donald Ostrowski, PhD, a Research Advisor in the Social Sciences and a Lecturer at Harvard University’s Extension School, where he teaches World History and survey courses, including the plays of Shakespeare. Although his research focuses primarily on early Slavic history, he has an extensive publication record in comparative history and methodology. He has expertise in codicology, text dating and attribution, and textual criticism.

Mike Hyde, PhD in English from Tufts University, an MA from Tufts, and a BA in English with high honors from Harvard College. While completing a dissertation on Shelley, he also took many courses in Renaissance and Shakespeare studies. At Harvard he studied with Harry Levin’s Shakespeare course group, and at Tufts with Sylvan Barnet.
Hyde served as the sub-editor for Walter Houghton on The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals (from 1974-1980), a massive five volume compilation of more than thirty leading British-Scottish-Irish magazines published between 1800-1900. In that capacity he conducted extensive research on anonymity as well as the use of pseudonyms, initials, pen names, and other authorial disguises. He successfully identified Mary Shelley as the anonymous author of dozens of magazine articles, including one in New Monthly Magazine(1829) titled “Byron and Shelley on the Character of Hamlet.”

Ren Draya, PhD, a Professor of British & American Literature at Blackburn College, a small liberal arts school in central Illinois, where she teaches, among other courses, Shakespeare, Craft of Writing, and Twentieth-Century British Literature. Ren received her doctorate in dramatic literature from the University of Colorado, working under J.H. Crouch, founder of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Her B.A. in English is from Tufts University, where she studied under Sylvan Barnet, editor of the Signet Shakespeare series.

Felicia Hardison Londré is Curators’ Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Honorary Co-Founder of Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She was the founding secretary of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. She was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in 1999 and elected to the National Theatre Conference in 2001.

Carole E Chaski, PhD, the President of ALIAS Technology LLC, Executive Director of theInstitute for Lingustic Evidence, the first non-profit research organization devoted to linguistic evidence, and the Executive Director of the Marylee Chaski Charitable Corporation, a private foundation supporting the life cycle of literacy through grants and scholarships. Dr. Chaski earned her A.B. magna cum laude in English and Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College (1975), M.Ed. in Psychology of Reading from the University of Delaware (1981), and M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University (1987).
Dr Chaski developed –and continues to develop– ALIAS: Automated Linguistic Identification and Assessment System in order to provide objective measurements for statistical analysis. In 1995 she won a three year Visiting Research Fellowship at the US Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, Office of Science and Technology, Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division, where she began the validation testing which has become an increasingly important aspect of forensic sciences since the Daubert ruling. Dr Chaski has served as an expert witness in Federal and State Courts in the United States, in Canada and in The Hague.

– For further information, please contact Brief Chronicles General Editor, Dr. Roger Stritmatter, at rstritmatter-at-coppin.edu