Richard Madelaine

[from Penny Gay]

Dear members and friends of ANZSA,

Some of you will have heard of the death on 25th June of longstanding ANZSA member A/Prof Richard Madelaine of the School of English, UNSW. He had been unwell for many years, but managed with his typical quiet stoicism to continue teaching and writing until a couple of months before his death.

I attended his funeral service last Friday, at which his wife Louise spoke most movingly of Richard’s life and career: his devotion to teaching (he was the recipient of three excellence in teaching awards) and his internationally-recognised scholarship. Anyone working on Antony and Cleopatra will be not only enlightened but frequently delighted by his lively commentary on the play’s staging history, as recorded in his edition for the Shakespeare in Production series (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He was also  joint editor, with John Golder, of ‘O Brave New World’: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage (Currency Press, 2001), and joint general editor of the Bell Shakespeare series. His contributions to the conversation about Shakespeare in Australia and on the world stage offer many valuable and enduring insights.

Richard was a co-convenor of the 1996 ANZSA conference held at UNSW. He regularly attended ANZSA conferences where he gave papers on staging issues and textual cruxes in Shakespeare.  He also gave a very well-received paper on Hamlet as crime fiction at the WSC in Prague last July. I was privileged during that week to join him and Louise at a performance of his much-loved Mozart Requiem in the church of St Nicholas on the Old Town Square.

At the General Meeting of members during the forthcoming ANZSA Conference in Perth (27-30 November 2012), I will bring forward proposals for a fitting memorial to Richard. I hope to see many of you at the conference.

Best wishes,
Penny Gay
President, ANZSA

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