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Wit and scholarship for the 20th  Fleeman Print E-mail
Written by Paul Tankard   
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:29

Kate Burridge: “Magnificence of Promise”: Johnson, advertising and the anodyne necklace

Complaints about advertising are a mainstay of cultural criticism, and we should not be surprised that Samuel Johnson should have cast a wry and critical eye upon advertising in his own time.  This was the subject of the JSA’s twentieth annual Fleeman Memorial Lecture, given a witty and scholarly treatment by Professor Kate Burridge of Monash University.

According to Prof. Burridge,  readily identifiable advertisements were printed by Caxton, making the practice as old as printing in England.  But the growth of consumerism and of newspapers in the eighteenth century meant that the number and range of advertisements grew rapidly over Johnson’s lifetime.
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Variety the essence of the 2013 Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:38

The 2013 Annual Seminar of the JSA will be held on Saturday July 6 at the English Speaking Union, 146 West Toorak Road, South Yarra, starting at 11 am. Doors open at 10.30am for registration.

There will be a highly-varied presentation of papers and readings, following the recentlyintroduced pattern  for the seminar program.

Included will be an introduction to the  music of Frederick the Great, by Barbara Niven and two major papers, one on Edmund Burke by Barrie Sheppard and one on a history of the great American Johnsonians, Donald and Mary Hyde, by our President, John Byrne. The ever-popular Nick Hudson will give a talk on Johnson, a Child of the Revolution?

“Stub” papers will be devlivered by Bryan Reid, Barbara Niven and John Wiltsire, and readings by Geoff Brand and Bronwen Hickman.

 
New Membership Category Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:32

Members are reminded that subs for 2013-2014 are due on 1 July this year.

Following a decision at last year's AGM, a new category, Household Membership, will be introduced to cover more than one person living at the same address.

Fees for the coming year are therefore as follows:

  • Individual membership: $50.00
  • Individual concession (pensioners, students): $40.00
  • Household membership: $75.00
  • Household concession: $65.00
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We notch up our first 20 years! Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:17

A memorial by Bryan Reid

October 9, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation of The Johnson Society of Australia, at the end of a seminar at the Council of Adult Education, Melbourne.

The birth of the JSA was a somewhat prolonged, but enjoyable process. It had begun two years earlier, at a similar CAE seminar when I first met the three who helped provide the impetus for getting an Australian Johnson Society off the ground.

They were the late Dr Rusi Khan, then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University, Prof Clive Probyn,  then Head of English at Monash and Dr John Wiltshire (now Professor Emeritus) then Senior Lecturer in English at Latrobe University.

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Minutes of the 2012 AGM Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Friday, 02 November 2012 11:21

Minutes of the 2012 AGM are available as a PDF file here.

 
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