¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Welcome to the open peer review for Shakespeare Quarterly’s special issue on Shakespeare and Performance. This site includes six submissions that are being evaluated for publication, and one performance review that is being posted to spark conversations about the production under consideration and the nature of writing and reading theatre reviews.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The six submissions were selected from a group of about twenty-five pieces submitted in response to a call for papers for a special issue on Shakespeare and Performance. Those submissions went through the first stage of the usual review process that is in place at Shakespeare Quarterly: all submissions are read by at least one of the journal’s editors (in this case, they were reviewed by the Editor of the journal, David Schalkwyk, and the special issue’s guest editor, Sarah Werner). Those submissions that seem potentially publishable are typically sent out by the journal’s editor to two outside readers for feedback and evaluation. For this issue, the selected submissions are instead being posted here for feedback and evaluation through an open peer review. After the open review is closed, authors of these six pieces will revise their work and resubmit it; SQ’s editorial committee will read the resubmissions, evaluate them in light of the feedback provided on this site, and make final decisions about publication based on the merit of each individual essay. (See the FAQ for more information about this decision process.) Your comments on this site will help the authors decide how they might need to revise their work and will assist the editors in evaluating their originality and importance.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 This site also includes a theatre review which we hope will act as a springboard for thinking about how we watch performances and what the implications are of writing and reading production reviews. As most theatre- and film-goers know, how individual viewers respond to a performance can vary widely, from minute details to larger questions of what the production or film was about. In putting forth this one response to one performance of As You Like It, we hope to bring out other responses to this production of the play as well as start a conversation about the nature and limits of reviewing performance. That conversation will remain archived here and we hope to transfer parts of it to the printed special issue.
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This peer review will be open for commenting for six weeks, from 2/15/2011 through
3/31/2011 4/7/2011. You can find out more about how to read and comment on these essays by following the links in the table of contents on the right or by going directly to “About this site.” Thank you in advance for your participation in this process.