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Entertaining program for JSA Annual Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:45

The JSA’s 2015 Seminar will be held at The English Speaking Union, 146 Toorak Road West, South Yarra, on Saturday July 4, 2015 with an  entertaining day of Johnsonian and eighteenth century enjoyment.

Registration is at 10.30 and the fee for the seminar, including lunch and teas, is $30 for members and $35 for guests.

Our Patron does us proud Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 12:42

The audience for the 21st David Fleeman Memorial Lecture on October 24 at Tonic House, Melbourne, were treated to a masterly performance by our Patron, Dr Gordon Turnbull .

His lecture, “Keeping Boswell in Good Repair” gave us ample evidence of the prodigious talent which has taken him from a journalist and student in Australia to custodian of the great Boswell archives at Yale.

Distinguished career of Gordon Turnbull Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:11

The Patron of the Johnson Society of Australia, and our 2014 Fleeman Memorial Lecturer, Australian-born Gordon Turnbull has been since 1997 General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions.

In this capacity.  he succeeds some of the almost legendary names of eighteenth-century editorial scholarship, among them Frederick Pottle, Frank Brady, and Marshall Waingrow. Continuing their work, he oversees a global editorial team bringing to publication selections of the vast archive of James Boswell's private papers, most of which had been suppressed by Boswell's descendants and were rediscovered only in the twentieth century.

JSA authors have been busy Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:19

Professor Tim Entwisle: Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia’s Changing Seasons

John Wiltshire: The Hidden Jane Austen

Paul Tankard: Facts and Inventions: Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell

Bronwen Hickmann: Mary Gaunt, Independent Colonial Woman

JSA members have been busy writing and publishing books, as this article shows:

Keeping Boswell in repair Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 12:08

“Keeping Boswell in Constant Repair" is the title of Gordon Turnbull’s 2014 Fleeman Memorial Lecture. He explains:

The popularity of Boswell's Life of Johnson somehow manages to survive the assaults, many of them fully justified, on its adequacy as a comprehensive or veridical rendering of the real or historical Johnson, especially of Johnson the author.

This paper argues that argument over the validity of the depiction was precisely Boswell's point, and that the generation of a copious and revisionist Johnsonian biographical and critical industry is the successful outcome of his deeper agenda.

Beneath Boswell's vaunting claims for the authoritative authenticity of his depiction lie deeper hesitancies, and his decision to bequeath to posterity the diaries, the letters he solicited and from which he culled selectively, and his other working papers, precisely allows and indeed foments an interrogatory scrutiny of what he chose to publish in 1791.

What Boswell offered is a complex contribution to that at which the Boswellian version of Johnson himself excelled: conversation, deliberately provocative, at once combative and consolatory.

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