Seminar: Early Modern Literature Scholar, Emeritus Professor Paul Salzman

24 May 2017 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Recent UOn appointee, Professor Paul Salzman

Recently appointed School of Humanities and Social Science Professorial Fellow and acclaimed early modern literature scholar, Emeritus Professor Paul Salzman will present a seminar on campus, Wednesday May 24th.

An Emeritus Professor of English Literature at La Trobe University, Professor Salzman has published widely on early modern literature and his most recent book is Literature and Politics in the 1620s: ‘Whisper’d Counsells’ (2014).  The topic of this seminar is ‘Scrapbook Shakespeare: James Orchard Halliwell Phillipps and the preparation of a nineteenth-century Shakespeare edition'.

“James Orchard Halliwell Phillipps was responsible for one of the most beautiful and most expensive complete editions of Shakespeare in the nineteenth century,” Professor Salzman said.

“In this talk I will explain how the edition was put together, and how Phillipps created an extensive series of scrapbooks to help with his annotation, constructing them in part through a process of slicing pages out of old books, including a number of Shakespeare quarto and folios.”

“I will also talk a little about the way Shakespeare was edited in general from the seventeenth through to the nineteenth century, a time when approaches to editing combined with the elevation of Shakespeare into the role of national and indeed international icon.”

This talk will be preceded by a report by Honours candidate and Faculty Scholar, Kelly Peihopa who recently undertook the FEDUA Internship Scholarship over the summer break.  During this time, she travelled to Wellington, New Zealand to work with the Early Modern Women Research Network’s Associate Professor Sarah Ross at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Paul Salzman has worked extensively in the areas of early modern (i.e. Sixteenth and Seventeenth century) literature and Australian literature. He has completed considerable practical and theoretical work in the area of scholarly editing, including four Oxford World’s Classics editions and two on-line editions. In the early modern field, he has published on women’s writing, prose fiction, literary and cultural history, and the intersections between literature, society and politics.  In the field of Australian literature Paul has published on modern fiction, including two co-written analyses of contemporary Australian fiction co-written with professor Ken Gelder of Melbourne University, and a book on Elizabeth Jolley.

A casual dinner at Newcastle's Bocados will follow the seminar at 6pm.


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