The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh: OUP (42 volumes)

Colloquium held from 5-7 July 2013, John Foster Hall, University of Leicester, the first event of a five-year project funded by the AHRC.


5 July

2.00-4.00: Registration

4.00-6.00: Session 1: Introduction to the Project and Open Forum

Chair: Alexander Waugh

Editorial Board: Alexander Waugh (General Editor), David Bradshaw (Co-Executive Editor, Oxford), Martin Stannard (Co-Executive Editor, Leicester), Max Saunders (King's London) + Simon Dixon (Leicester Library, Digital Humanities)

6.00-7.00: Reception: Address by Steve King, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, Leicester

7.30: Dinner

6 July

8.00-9.00: Breakfast

9.00-11.00: Session 2: Evelyn Waugh Collections and Digital Humanities

Chair: David Bradshaw

Alexander Waugh, Richard Oram (HRHRC, Texas), Rachel Foss (British Library), Katy Thornton (Brotherton Library, Leeds); Rupert Mann (OUP), and Dan Porter-Brown (IT Services, Leicester). Alexander will speak on the Personal Writings and the Evelyn Waugh Archive; Rachel on the BL's EW holdings, particularly the incoming correspondence; Katy on the Brotherton's holdings, particularly the Elliott Collection; Rupert on OUP's contribution to the project, particularly re. digitisation, and Dan on 'Small Steps and Giant Leaps: Supporting Digital Humanities at Leicester':

Support for research computing at Leicester has traditionally focussed on the high-end computing needs of colleagues in the physical sciences. The growth in non-science research utilising technologies has presented the University of Leicester with support challenges. This paper looks at how The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project is helping to shape digital humanities support at Leicester.

11.00-11.30: Coffee

11.30-1.00: Session 3: Experience of Other Scholarly Editions

Chair: Martin Stannard

H.R. Woudhuysen (Oxford): 'Handbooks: A User’s Guide'

Having edited two Arden Shakespeare Third Series volumes (1998 and 2007) and been one of the series’ four General Editors (2005–), I have seen the editorial process of a major series from both sides, as it were, of the desk. In these comments I wish to discuss some of the problems that occur between editors and General Editors, especially in relation to editorial handbooks.

Max Saunders (King's College London): 'Expletives Deleted in Ford Madox Ford's No More Parades'

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.30: Session 4: Manuscripts and Typescripts

Chair: Alexander Waugh

Prof. Michael Brennan (Leeds): 'Editorial Questions in Waugh’s Rossetti and Robbery Under Law'

These texts offer contrasting challenges to the editor. Rossetti was Waugh’s first published book and the UK1, UK2 and US1 editions can be comprehensively collated against the surviving and largely complete AMS (although no typescripts or proofs have survived). In contrast, only the UK1, UK2 and US1 editions of Robbery Under Law are known and Waugh refused to have any dealings with the revised and censored text of US1.

Prof. Robert Murray Davis (Oklahoma): 'All the Help I can Get: Editing Brideshead Revisited'  

Resources for editing Evelyn Waugh’s works are far more available than when I proposed a variorum edition of Brideshead forty-five years ago. Not only is there a book-length bibliography, now in need of supplementing, and hard copy and electronic catalogue of the Waugh collection at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, but previously unavailable manuscripts have surfaced. More important, these and other materials will be available by electronic means, enabling a degree of collaboration never before possible.

3.30-4.00: Tea

4.00-5.30: Session 5: Collections

Chair: David Bradshaw

Donat Gallagher (James Cook): 'Exhumation and Annotation: Some Critical Problems'

Why did EW produce relatively few pieces of non-fiction 1922-1966, and how should I annotate them? I shall begin with two pieces I have already annotated: the Preface to Frances Crease's Designs, and a Daily Mail article about marriage. Should one, for instance, annotate 'shades of the prison house', or is that like explaining that Hamlet is by Shakespeare? The most difficult case for editing is The Defence of the Holy Places with its complex textual history: 'perfect' publication in Life, publication in the Month with 500 extra words and a mass of misprints, re-publication in a British limited edition with even more but different misprints, and then finally, after Waugh at last got around to proof reading, publication in the American edition of The Holy Places.

Ann Pasternak Slater (Oxford): 'The Short Fiction: Problems of Definition and Selection'

Waugh's output in this genre ranges from free-standing short stories to a variety of novel/short story hybrids, which includes short stories engendering novels, two novellas (or long short fiction), an abandoned novel recast as short fiction, and taster extracts from novels masquerading as short stories. With particular attention to The Man Who Liked Dickens, By Special Request, and Work Suspended.

7.00-8.30: Dinner

7 July

10.00-11.00: Breakfast

11.00-12.30: Session 6: Historical Context

Chair: Martin Stannard

Nigel Wood (Loughborough): 'Put Out More Flags and the Challenge of Wartime Patriotism for the Satirist: Historical Context for the 'Text in History' section of the Introduction'

This paper focuses on the topos of evacuees, and brings William Brown (Richmal Crompton) as well as Kitty Barne into the mix. It also includes ideas of social displacement, glancing at Work Suspended.

John H. Wilson (Lock Haven University): 'Editing A Little Learning: Manuscript, Typescripts, and Publications'

This session focuses on Waugh’s autobiography, based on the manuscript and two typescripts. After reviewing various versions of A Little Learning, we will look at the beginning of Chapter 8, 'Never a Palinode'. Waugh wrote a manuscript as usual, but he significantly altered the typewritten version to produce a fair copy.

1.00-2.00: Lunch

In Attendance:

Ashley Chantler (Chester)

Bryan Cheyette (Reading)

Orietta Da Rold (Leicester)

Gowan Dawson (Leicester)

Paul Edwards

Mary Gallagher

Andrzej Gasiorek (Birmingham)

Sara Haslam (OU)

Simon James (Durham)

Geoffrey Lewis (Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society)

Chip Long (Portland State)

Mrs Oram

Sharon Ouditt (NTU)

Shinji Matsumoto (Leicester)

Michelle Query

Patrick Query (West Point)

Joanne Shattock (Leicester)

Peter Whalen

Fiona Wesley (Glasgow)

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