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Gender: Male
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1 1 y separately published work icon The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies : Scholarly Editing and Book History Paul Eggert , Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2019 21949903 2019 multi chapter work criticism

'By the late 1980s the concept of the work had slipped out of sight, consigned to its last refuge in the library catalogue as concepts of discourse and text took its place. Scholarly editors, who depended on it, found no grounding in literary theory for their practice. But fundamental ideas do not go away, and the work is proving to be one of them. New interest in the activity of the reader in the work has broadened the concept, extending it historically and sweeping away its once-supposed aesthetic objecthood. Concurrently, the advent of digital scholarly editions is recasting the editorial endeavour. The Work and The Reader in Literary Studies tests its argument against a range of book-historically inflected case-studies from Hamlet editions to Romantic poetry archives to the writing practices of Joseph Conrad and D. H. Lawrence. It newly justifies the practice of close reading in the digital age.' (Publication summary)

1 The Long 1890s : Henry Lawson, Francis Adams and the Anglo-Australian Network in London. Paul Eggert , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script & Print , July vol. 40 no. 3 2016; (p. 133-143)
'The article presents an essay discussing the link between history and literature. The author highlights the influence of Ango-Australian ideologies to the formation of the culture and literature in Australia, and discusses the life of notable writers in the country including Francis Adams, and Henry Lawson including some of their noteworthy literary pieces.' (Publication abstract)
1 Charles Harpur : The Editorial Nightmare Paul Eggert , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 2 2016;
'Coming to grips with the literary-historical phenomenon that colonial poet Charles Harpur represents requires a shift in focus and a querying of traditional assumptions about the shape and manifestation of literary careers. The failure to make that shift editorially for Harpur has hindered the efforts of ordinary readers and literary critics for nearly 150 years. Harpur’s poetic works have been accessible only partially or misleadingly, despite some very considerable editorial efforts stretching back to the late 1940s. An explanation of this situation is the principal subject of the essay. It then describes a potential digital-editorial solution that is in preparation: the Charles Harpur Critical Archive.' (Publication abstract)
1 y separately published work icon The Charles Harpur Critical Archive Sydney University Press (publisher), Paul Eggert , Paul Eggert (editor), 2016- 10432343 2016 archive

The Charles Harpur Critical Archive (CHCA) is a digital archive and a scholarly edition of the poetic works of Charles Harpur (1813-1868).

The archives traces–in manuscript, in colonial newspaper, and in other printed forms–more than 2,700 versions of his 685 verse works (excluding his plays), as well as his prose notes for them.

With a few exceptions, including two long dramatic works, the CHCA includes archival transcriptions of all known versions of Harpur’s poems to 1900: from ‘The Wreck’ (The Australian, 20 December 1833) to three poems in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette on 23 March 1895. It aims to provide a high-quality image of every Harpur artefact (manuscript, newspaper or book) that contains his poetic work.

Archival content in the form of images were largely in place by 2016. Transcription and editing was ongoing into 2017.

Source: CHCA.

1 8 y separately published work icon Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert , University of Sydney University Park : Sydney University Press Pennsylvania State University Press , 2013 Z1939157 2013 single work criticism 'Biography of a Book traces the life of an iconic Australian literary work in the lead-up to, and for a century after, its initial publication: Henry Lawson's 1896 collection While the Billy Boils. Paul Eggert follows Lawson's gradual development of a pared-back bush realism in the early 1890s, as he struggled to forge a career, writing short stories and sketches for the newspapers.

'Lawson's famous collection came out at a decisive moment for the development of a fully professional Australian literary publishing industry, then in its infancy in Sydney. The volume's editing, design and production were collaborative events that changed the feel and nature of Lawson's writing. He had to give ground on his texts and their sequencing.

'The collection went on to be reprinted and repackaged countless times. Its production and reception histories act like a geological cross-section, revealing the contours of successive cultural formations in Australia. In unravelling the life of Lawson's classic work Eggert's book-historical approach challenges and clarifies established understandings of crucial moments in Australian literary history and of Lawson himself.' (From the publisher's website.)
1 y separately published work icon ADFA Library Exhibition Launch : 25 Years of AustLit Paul Eggert , 8 Aug 2013 6462170 2013 single work criticism

Professor Paul Eggert, Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra, launched the '25 Years of AustLit' exhibition at the Academy Library on 8 August 2013. In his launch speech, Professor Eggert traces the history of UNSW Canberra's commitment to the research, study and promotion of Australian Literature. He includes reference to the early years of English teaching at the Royal Military College Duntroon, the establishment of the English Department at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the involvement of the Academy Library. Professor Eggert acknowledges several scholars and academics who fostered this work including Professor Harry Heseltine, Grahame Johnston and Bill Wilde.

1 6 y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson , Paul Eggert (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013 6155517 2013 selected work short story (taught in 3 units)

'Fifty-two of Henry Lawson's stories and sketches that he had first published in newspapers and magazines from 1888 onwards were gathered in his collection While the Billy Boils (Angus & Robertson, 1896). Lawson was not responsible for their ordering and he had to give ground on their texts, especially on his idiosyncratic presentation of wordings that helped to breathe life into his characters and situations. The present edition dismantles the fait accompli of 1896 by presenting the individual items in the chronological order of their first publication and with their original newspaper texts. This will allow a new appreciation of Lawson's writing, one that is attentive to his developing powers.

'The edition also facilitates a close study of Lawson's collaboration with the producers of the collection in 1896, in particular with his copy-editor Arthur W. Jose and publisher George Robertson. Facsimile images (available online) of the printer's copy that they prepared for While the Billy Boils supplement the edition's listing of the alterations that each of them made, revealing the textual history of each story or sketch.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Bruce Bennett AO FACE FAHA Paul Eggert , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
1 Brought to Book : Bibliography, Book History and the Study of Literature Paul Eggert , 2012 single work
— Appears in: Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society , March vol. 13 no. 1 2012; (p. 3-32)
1 Rediscovered Lawson Sketch of 1863 'Selection Farms' Paul Eggert , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October-November vol. 27 no. 3/4 2012; (p. 124-135)

'Paul Eggert writes on the discovery of Henry Lawson's prose sketch 'Selection Farms'.

1 Writing in a Language Not Your Own : Editions as Argument about the Work : D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad and Henry Lawson Paul Eggert , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Variants , no. 9 2012; (p. 163-183, 294)

'D. H. Lawrence left England in May 1912; thereafter he would always, to some extent, be writing about foreign cultures and places without fully mastering any other language than English. Joseph Conrad made his name as one of the great masters of fictional prose in English, his third language. His contemporary, Henry Lawson, the finest Australian short-story writer of the 1 890s, was nearly deaf for most of his life yet found subtle ways of rendering the characteristic idioms and speech rhythms of a series of down-at-heel character - narrators from the Outback and from the city. Like Conrad, he staged story-telling situations where idiomatic language becomes the potent vehicle of truth-telling effects. In practice, none of them could keep full control over their texts, largely because they were writing into literary marketplaces where other considerations came into play. These considerations entered into their prose at the moments of writing and revision, not only later at the interfering hands of publishers, copy-editors and typesetters. The dilemmas occasioned for scholarly editors by such cultural translations can be eased or at least better understood if we plot them against the differences between Anglo-American and German editorial traditions. Those differences are reducible, I argue, to different inflections of the same fundamental work-related principles of agency and chronology. Emerging from this line of reflection is the idea of the editionas-argument: that the edition needs to take an attitude to the work that goes beyond the difficult textual cruces encountered by the editor - more generally put, that the edition needs to be seen as an embodied argument about the work.'

Source: Introduction.

1 D. H. Lawrence, Henry Lawson and Single-Author Criticism Paul Eggert , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The D. H. Lawrence Review , vol. 36 no. 2 2011; (p. 2-26)
1 Advice for Scholarly Editors of Australian Literature : 'Just Push On' Paul Eggert , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script and Print , vol. 33 no. 1-4 2009; (p. 251-263)
1 The Book, Scholarly Editing and the Electronic Edition Paul Eggert , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resourceful Reading : The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture 2009; (p. 53-69)
Discusses scholarly editing, the oldest empirical form of literary scholarship, and explores the different problems involved in print and e-editions.
1 Readers and Editors : New Directions in Scholarly Editing Paul Eggert , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Securing the Past : Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature 2009; (p. 185-213, notes 256-260)
1 Modes of Editing Literary Works : Conflicts in Theory and Practice Paul Eggert , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Securing the Past : Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature 2009; (p. 154-184, notes 253-265)
1 3 y separately published work icon Securing the Past : Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature Paul Eggert , Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2009 Z1591750 2009 multi chapter work criticism

'We all have a stake in the past and in its tangible preservation, and we trust professionals to preserve our cultural heritage for the future. However, the concept and practice of restoration in all its form are entangled in many contemporary theoretical debates and problems. This book is the first concerted effort to examine together the linked philosophies of the different arts of preserving and uncovering the past: the restoration of buildings, conservation of works of art, and editing of literary works to retrieve their original or intended texts.' (Publisher blurb)

1 2 Australian Classics and the Price of Books : The Puzzle of the 1890s Paul Eggert , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2008; (p. 130-157)
'Feminist accounts of literary canon formation in which male authors typically predominated tend to stress the ideological pressures that marginalised female aspirants for critical attention, both at first publication and then again in ongoing critical debates within influential literary coteries. So it was in the 1980s as feminists sought to account for the overlooking of Australian women novelists (Ada Cambridge, Catherine Martin, Rosa Praed and Tasma), who achieved publication in London in the 1890s but who failed to gain a foothold as 'classics' when a proto-canon of the colonial literary achievement began to be formulated in and after the 1890s. Textual and book-historical research carried out for various scholarly editing projects since the 1980s, once brought together, has opened up the possibility of an empirical, book-historical approach that is very different. The first candidates put forward for elevated status - Henry Kingsley's The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn (1859), Marcus Clarke's His Natural Life (1874) and Rolf Boldrewood's Robbery Under Arms (1888) - share a remarkable condition. In the year after the 1888 centenary the three novels were available, cheaply, in the bookshops and therefore in the libraries and mechanics institutes, and all at the same time, despite their varying, original dates of publication. The essay explores the implications of this fact, together with the shift in international tastes towards realism, as reflected and adapted in the Australian colonies.' (Author's abstract)
1 Textual Criticism and Folklore : The Ned Kelly Story and Robbery Under Arms Paul Eggert , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script and Print , vol. 31 no. 2 2007; (p. 69-80)
1 The Bushranger's Voice : Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang (2000) and Ned Kelly's Jerilderie Letter (1879) Paul Eggert , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: College Literature , July vol. 34 no. 3 2007; (p. 120-139) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 3)