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Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Early life and education
Wallace Kirsop was born in Chatswood, New South Wales on 4 November 1933. His parents were William Kirsop, an accountant and avid cricketer, and his wife, Doris Ida Kirsop (née Harris).
After attending North Sydney Boys High, he went in 1950 to the University of Sydney from which he graduated in 1955 with first class honours in both French and German.
He undertook research for a doctorate at the University of Paris|Sorbonne in Paris, France and in 1960 successfully defended his thesis titled,
Having returned to Australia in 1960, Kirsop worked for two years as a Lecturer in French at the University of Sydney. He then moved to Melbourne where he taught French language and literature at Monash University from 1962 until 1998 when he retired. From early in his career at Monash he insisted on a syllabus that moved beyond the normal bounds of French language and literature to include social and cultural history. He also taught advanced undergraduates and postgraduates "reference and physical bibliography" and book history, and he concentrated his research in those fields as well. In his research and teaching he has been an apostle for the French Annales school|Annales school of historiography and for the Anglo-Saxon school of "new bibliography" (which had been developed by W. W. Greg|Sir Walter Wilson Greg, Fredson Bowers and Douglas Francis McKenzie), the latter known in France, via his intellectual advocacy, as "bibliographie materielle".
In the years 1968–2002 Kirsop was editor of the "international, peer-reviewed" Australian Journal of French Studies. He was the founding editor of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations's Explorations journal and was a board member of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).
Following his retirement he was appointed Honorary Professorial Fellow at Monash and as at 2018 he was "an Adjunct Professor in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics" at the same university. He taught book history at several Melbourne Rare Book Week events. In 2008 he was Honorary Director of Monash University's Centre for the Book. The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand named one its awards as the "Wallace Kirsop Conference Bursary" as a founding member of the Society and a "distinguished member" since 1969.
He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1980.
- 1973: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques
- 1999: Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) - University of Sydney
- 2003: Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques
- Towards a History of the Australian Book Trade (Sydney: Wentworth Books, 1969)
- Research on Western European Languages and Literatures in Australia Since 1958 (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1975)
- Books for Colonial Readers: The Nineteenth-century Australian Experience, Melbourne, The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand in association with The Centre for Bibliographical and Textual Studies, Monash University, 1995 (BSANZ Occasional Publication No. 5).
- Catering for the Empire: Reactions to Macmillan's Colonial Library, Clayton, Victoria: Ancora Press, 2009.
Books: As editor
- John Pascoe Fawkner's Library. Facsimile of the Sale Catalogue of 1868, with an introductory essay by Wallace Kirsop (Melbourne: Book Collectors' Society of Australia, 1985)
- The Book in Australia: Essays Towards a Cultural and Social History, Clayton : Australian Reference Publications in association with the Centre for Bibliographical and Textual Studies, Monash University , 1988. Joint editor: Dietrich Borchardt|D. H. Borchardt.
- "The Legend of Bernard Palissy", in: Ambix, 1961, Volume 9, Issue 3.
- "Brennan, critic and scholar", in: Southerly, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 1963: 203-210.
- "The bibliography of French literary history: progress, problems, projects", in: Australian Journal of French Studies, 1 (1964): 325–64.
- "The Family of Love in France", in: Journal of Religious History, December 1964.
- "Vers une collaboration de la bibliographie matérielle et de la critique textuelle", in: Australian Journal of French Studies, 3 (1966): 227–51.
- "The Greatest Renewal, the Greatest Revelation: Brennan's Commentary on Mallarmé", in: Meanjin|Meanjin Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1970: 303-311.
- "Literary History and Book Trade History: the Lessons of L'Apparition du livre", in: Australian Journal of French Studies, 16 (1979): 488–535.
- "Lucien Febvre and the Annales school|Annales", Australian Journal of French Studies, 1979.
- "The State of the Discipline: Booksellers and Their Customers: Some Reflections on Recent Research", in: Book History, vol. 1, 1998, p. 283-303.
- "Libraries for an imperial power", in: Giles Mandelbrote and K. A. Manley, eds., The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, Volume 2: 1640-1850, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- "Traditions: Tyranny and Freedom", isfar.org.au, 2016.
Books about Wallace Kirsop
- David Garrioch et al., eds., The Culture of the Book: Essays from Two Hemispheres in Honour of Wallace Kirsop, Melbourne: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 1999.
For more comprehensive lists of Kirsop's books and articles, see https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/wallace-kirsop/publications/ and "Wallace Kirsop: List of Publications", in: David Garrioch et al., eds., The Culture of the Book... (1999)
- Colin Nettlebeck, A Conversation with Wallace Kirsop, Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations, Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Professor Wallace Kirsop, sydney.edu.au. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
- Wallace Kirsop, monash.edu.au. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- Harold Love, "Wallace Kirsop", in: David Garrioch et al., eds., The Culture of the Book: Essays from Two Hemispheres in Honour of Wallace Kirsop, Melbourne: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 1999, pp. xi-xiv.
- Liverpool University Press Journals: Australian Journal of French Studies, liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
- Melbourne Rare Book Week Lecture, historyvictoria.org.au. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
- The Story of J.P. Quaine – Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018, Prahran Mechanics Institute, pmi.net.au. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
- Centre for the Book, Monash University, austlii.edu.au, inCite, Vo. 29, Issue 8, August 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- Bursaries, bsanz.org. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
- Wallace Kirsop - Fellows - Australian Academy of the Humanities, humanities.org.au. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
- List of Recipients of Palmes académiques in Australia - August 2017, isfar.org.au. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
- Mary Turner Shaw, "Well-read Fawkner", The Age, 24 August 1985, p. 179.
- Wallace Kirsop - Biography at Monash University (archived copy)
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