The Sidney-Spenser Discussion List seeks to facilitate discussion and research
among students of the works of Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser. Postings to
the list generally concern topics such as textual interpretation, relevant
historiography, Sidney's and Spenser's biography, and the writings of
contemporary poets. The list is also occasionally used for the announcement of
conferences and conference sessions, notification of forthcoming publications,
and dissemination of other information likely to be of value to students and
scholars of Sidney or Spenser. Anyone with a serious interest in either poet and
their writings is warmly welcome to join the list and to participate in the
It should be stressed that the list is not intended as a resource for
university students looking for paper ideas, though of course serious requests
for guidance or specialist information are always welcomed.
The Sidney-Spenser Discussion List is currently hosted by JISCmail,
providers of electronic discussion list services to Higher Education
institutions in the United Kingdom. JISCmail hosts a web interface for list
members; the URL for the Sidney-Spenser Discussion List is http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/archives/sidney-spenser.html.
If you would like to join the list, you can do so by sending
an email to the list manager, Andrew
Zurcher. Please include your name, preferred email address, and (if you
like) a short (under 250 words) biography. New members will be announced to the
list at periodic intervals, and biographies will be included if available.
New members to the list are automatically supplied with a full introduction
to the list, including a set of commands for posting to the list, suspending
membership (e.g. over a sabbatical or holiday), and leaving the list. Guidelines
for list usage are also included in this introduction. Please keep this
initial welcoming email, as it may prove useful to you later.
Some of the most common commands for using the list include the following:
Please note that, when sending commands to JISCmail, you should
either a) disable or erase any signature file at the foot of your message, or b)
add a dash (--) on a separate line below the command in the text of your
message; if you do not do one or the other, the LISTSERV software may not
recognize your command. Further questions concerning any other procedure
should be directed to the list
- To post to the list, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This message will be distributed to all list members, including the sender.
Only members can post to the list.
- To suspend membership in the list (i.e. to avoid getting
list messages for a time), send a message to email@example.com,
including in the body of the message the words 'set sidney-spenser nomail'.
To resume your membership, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the text (again, in the body of the message, not the subject header)
'set sidney-spenser mail'.
- To leave the list, send a message to email@example.com,
including in the body of the message the text 'leave sidney-spenser'.
Alternatively, contact the list
- To receive a full list of list members, send a message to
including in the body of the message the text 'review sidney-spenser'.
Please note that only list members can execute this command, and can do so
only from the email address registered with JISCmail.
- To receive your list mail in digest form, send a message
including in the body of the message the text 'set sidney-spenser digest'.
To stop receiving digests, send a message with the text 'set sidney-spenser
Some important features of the Sidney-Spenser Discussion List include the
- The list is CLOSED: only list members can post to the list.
- The list is PRIVATE: only list members can review the current membership
- The list is ARCHIVED: an archive of past messages to the list can be
accessed via the JISCmail web site (see below).
- The list is UNMODERATED: messages sent to the list are not moderated by
The Sidney-Spenser Discussion List is well known for its generous sense of
community. Though academic debates occasionally occur, the community of list
members has generally maintained a very open and courteous atmosphere for the
exchange of ideas and information. Should a disturbance to the list arise,
either through ad hominem attacks or serial infringement of list
principles or etiquette, the list managers reserve the right to address list
members individually about the problem or, in serious cases, to remove them from
Because this list is closed (only list members may post to the list, and the
email addresses of members are not available to the public), it is anticipated
that members will not receive spam or junk mail from outside sources. If this should
ever take place, the list managers will take all possible steps to close the
List members are asked to conform to the JISCmail Acceptable Use policy,
available to read at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/docs/policy.htm.
The archives of the Spenser Discussion list since February 1st, 2000, and of the
Sidney-Spenser Discussion List are available from JISCmail at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/archives/sidney-spenser.html.
These pages are maintained by Gavin
Alexander and were last updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2008