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The Shakespeare Herald

McPherson and Moncrief to Edit SLT 2.0

New Faces and New Visions for Shakespeare's Life and Times


kate_moncrief.jpgThe ISE is delighted to welcome to the Editorial Board and the ISE team two wonderful scholars: Dr. Kate McPherson (Professor of English at Utah Valley University) and Dr. Kate Moncrief (Professor and Chair of English at Washington College). They are jointly editing the forthcoming new edition of Shakespeare’s Life and Times or SLT 2.0, as we’re calling it in-house.

Shakespeare’s Life and Times is the origin of the Internet Shakespeare Editions. Many Shakespeareans will remember Michael Best’s HyperCard multimedia resource, published on eight floppy disks by Intellimation in 1991. Three years later, it was reissued on CD ROM, and in 1996 it became the germ of what is now the ISE. This online encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s life, stage, society, history, ideas, and literature is still the most visited part of the ISE, with approximately 250,000 page views each month. 

Shakespeare scholarship has moved forward since 1991. Best has continue to update SLT from time to time (most recently in 2010), but we’re ready for a complete reimagining and updating of the encyclopedia. Under the expert leadership of Drs. Moncrief and McPherson, SLT 2.0 will be reimagined, updated, peer reviewed, and more fully integrated into the ISE editions of the plays.

Drs. McPherson and Moncrief are no strangers to editing or to collaboration. In addition to their scholarly work as individuals, together they have co-edited three collections of essays on topics germane to Shakespeare’s life and times: Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2007), Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance (Ashgate, 2011), and Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (with Sarah Enloe; Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). With James Mardock (ISE Associate Textual Editor), Dr. McPherson has co-edited the collection Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England (Duquesne, 2014). They are also award-winning teachers with a keen understanding of students’ needs and a commitment to innovative pedagogy.

Drs. Moncrief and McPherson have put out a call for contributors. They seek authors and peer reviews for short reference articles (250-1000 words) with supporting visual aids. New scholars and graduate students are particularly welcome. Contact the editors of SLT 2.0 at lifeandtimes@uvu.edu for more information.

(Janelle Jenstad, Assistant Coordinating Editor)