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Minutes of the 2010 Annual General Meeting Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:12

Johnson Society of Australia Inc.
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 2 October 2010

Chairman: Barrie Sheppard, President
In attendance:  19 members

John Wiltshire’s Fleeman Lecture Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 05:36

The 2010 Fleeman Memorial lecture will be delivered by Professor John Wiltshire after our Annual General Meeting at the English Speaking Union 146 West Toorak Road, South Yarra at 2.30pm on Saturday,October 2.

John’s subject will be Samuel Johnson and Literary Ladies, a discussion of Johnson's encouragement to, and friendship with, intellectual women.

JSA Papers available at the AGM Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 13 September 2010 20:22

JSA Papers Volume 12 will be available at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 2 October 2010, free of charge to all Society members.

This year’s edition will be in the same format as last year’s – book size, easy to fit on home bookshelves.

As usual, the papers cover a wide range of subjects:

  • Ann Blake’s colourful 2008 Fleeman Lecture on Johnson, Sheridan and the London theatre: “An Ornament of the Metropolis”
  • Nick Hudson’s witty dissection of Johnson’s approach to grammar, “Johnson and the Grammarians”
  • Barrie Sheppard’s interesting analysis of imagery in creative writing, “Johnson and Metaphor”
  • Daniel Vuillermin’s informative discussion on how Boswell, Reynolds and the 19th Century genre Painters portrayed Johnson.

Don’t miss out on your copy!

Seminar formula an outstanding success Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 13 September 2010 20:24

The new formula for the annual seminar program is here to stay, following an enthusiastic reception from a large attendance  at the 2010 seminar held at the English Speaking Union on July 24.

The program started later in the morning, but offered a more varied menu, with only three full-length presentations (40-50 minutes), punctuated by five “stub” papers or readings of 10  to 15 minutes each.

Review: Literary allusions in Johnson’s Journey Print E-mail
Written by John Wiltshire   
Monday, 13 September 2010 20:21

Agustin Coletes Blanco, Literary Allusion in Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. Glasgow: The Grimshaw Press, ISBN 184530 060 2

Professor Coletes Blanco teaches at the University of Oviedo in Spain, and has previously published a Spanish translation of Johnson’s Journey.  In this intriguing little publication he has traced more than thirty places in the book where Johnson  alludes, sometimes overtly, sometimes more indirectly, to other literary texts.

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