[Milton-L] Leaving the Milton listserv
lschwart at richmond.edu
Sun Nov 5 16:41:19 EST 2017
Just in case some of you have put his email address on “ignore” and therefore did not see the post he sent early today, Terrance Lindall has decided on his own to unsubscribe from the list. He has also agreed to remove the quotations from list-member posts he had added, without permission, to the text that accompanies his image.
If any of you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me off list.
All the best to everyone,
Professor of English
Chair, Department of English
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA 23173
Office: Ryland Hall 308
lschwart at richmond.edu<mailto:lschwart at richmond.edu>
From: <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on behalf of Shannon Reed <shannon.reed at gmail.com>
Reply-To: John List <milton-l at richmond.edu>
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:13 PM
To: John List <milton-l at richmond.edu>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Leaving the Milton listserv
Like Ryan Paul, I have been more of a lurker than a contributor. I have appreciated the conversations and have occasionally benefited from advice (it's thanks to this list and the encouragement of some members that I began a successful marathon reading of Paradise Lost at Cornell College).
As you all consider how you want to handle the recent trolling on this listserv, I wanted to endorse one of the suggestions that's been made: ignore Terrance Lindall.
I used to be a member of the 18th-century listserv. Some years ago, that list was similarly plagued--in their case by a fanatic devotee of the Marquis de Sade. That person hijacked every discussion and created a lot of mischief.
The members of the listserv decided not to ban him, but they all agreed never to respond to anything he posted. The solution required the agreement and the participation of every member--but it worked. They ignored him and eventually he gave up.
Unlike some, I intend to continue lurking. My job has changed and I spend more of my time reading about faculty development than about Milton these days. I treasure the conversation here all the more since it keeps me connected to what I've always valued in academe--listening to the smart kids talk about interesting stuff.
Besides, if I want political BS, I can always check my facebook page.
As a sometimes Quaker, I hope you adopt the policy of shunning Mr. Lindall. It worked in the 17th century, and it can work today.
Shannon L. Reed, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 4:38 PM, Tony Demarest <tonydemarest at hotmail.com<mailto:tonydemarest at hotmail.com>> wrote:
I am retired from Felician University for 2.5 years- but during my active period, I taught Milton five times to an ever growing audience- but I know much of what I know about JM has been honed and refined by the generous scholars who post here. I and my past students thank you and wish for nothing more than my continued joy in reading your posts, and sending me back to the poet time and time again.
I hope we can return to civility and expanding insights-
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