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RVSG Guest Speaker: Nicholas Halmi

Date(s) - 10/23/2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am


On Friday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. (that is, at 16:00 in the UK), our Romantic and Victorian study group will be joined via Zoom by Nicholas Halmi, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Oxford.

Nick specializes in eighteenth-century literature, Romanticism, and comparative criticism and translation (esp. with German, French, Italian angles). He has a lot to say about history and aesthetics and he has done a good deal of top-flight scholarly editing. He was an advisory editor for Oxford UP’s Oxford Scholarly Editions Online project, and his Norton Critical Editions of Coleridge and Wordsworth are outstanding. Nick will be talking with us about questions such as these:

• What’s the place of textual editing in the field today? How does it (or should it) “count” in one’s professional profile and promotion dossier? Does it garner more attention and respect in the UK than the US?
• How does one get a contract for something like a Norton Critical Edition or Oxford World’s Classics edition? Do you volunteer or wait to be called upon? And what is the current appetite at presses like OUP for new textual editions?
• Besides emulating what’s been done before, how do you learn the art? What skills and wisdom, if any, need to be passed along to our students and junior scholars?
• What is the future of print editions in a digital world? And what is the future of digital editions without stable online platforms and repositories?

This should be an instructive event, and we hope you’ll join us. Anyone interested in being part of the conversation should contact Paul Westover ( for the Zoom link.

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