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Open Hemingway

The title “Open Hemingway” is both a compound noun and the imperative: open editions that want to be read.

The MVP has just launched its first critical editions with the 1923 and 1924 states of Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, released in the nick of time for Papa’s 116th birthday. A third volume is to follow shortly. These are annotated editions intended for classroom use, but the scarcity of the original texts means these editions are the first accessible to many scholars. It is also important to see the development of this portentous book, calling into being as it did a new standard for American literature and a style to be emulated a thousand times over.

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Bloomsday 2015 Photos

A hearty thank you to everyone who made such a success! Once again, David Peacock welcomed Ulysses-lovers to the James Joyce Bistro for a night of celebration and merriment. It was an excellent evening that brought the University of Victoria, local businesses, and community together to celebrate the life of James Joyce.

This year, Hoyne sponsored the First Annual Beer and Bloomsday Short Fiction Contest–the proceeds of which were donated to Literacy Victoria. Hoyne also generously donated $1 from every pint sold to the project. Read more

Bloomsday Poster Released

We’re pleased to release this year’s Bloomsday poster, designed by Sarah Grindlay, who is a Professional Writing Student in the Department of English.


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BCcampus Open Textbook Summit 2015

May 29th was a busy day in Vancouver. Bif Naked played the Rickshaw Theatre, the FIFA Women’s Cup Trophy Tour arrived in Vancouver, and the Gastown Women’s TEDx hosted its Fearless event. If this wasn’t enough to quench everyone’s thirst, the Vancouver Craft Beer Week made an early start before its June opening. In other words, it was a day for gender equity, women’s rights, women’s sports, and a deep ethical question of which event would be the most appropriate to attend, in all likelihood with each of them followed by craft beer…

Miraculously, however, the BCcampus Open Textbook Summit soldiered on and even drew in a record number of attendees. MVP and Open Modernisms were prominent in the proceedings, which means its panel was right before lunch when late risers are sure to jump into sessions (and then eat lunch guilt and gluten free). The responses show that beyond BCcampus, the Open Modernisms anthology builder is going to find traction across Western Canada. James Gifford presented a paper co-authored with Stephen Ross and Matt Huculak on the major innovations coming to BC as Open Modernisms prepares to launch its Phase 1 with a custom Islandora build for preparing modernist texts that are in the public domain in Canada. With its “core” and “module” system, Islandora will allow users to upload PDF page images of documents with metadata, OCR them automatically, hand-correct the OCR, and queue it for moderation.

As a first step, this places Open Modernisms at the ready for Fall 2015 modernist anthologies for classroom use across the country. The key, however, is copyright… Read more

Dr. Matt Huculak’s Guide to the Professions of Ulysses; or What to Read on Bloomsday

Not sure what part of James Joyce’s epic you should read on Bloomsday? Why not read a section based on your work? Here is Dr. Huculak’s Guide to the Professions of Ulysses. (Don’t see your profession? Email me, and I’ll choose something for you).

People in the know (pedants & twits) don’t call the parts of Ulysses “chapters.” We call them “episodes,” but I’m going to use the terms interchangeably below.


Episode 1. Telemachus: Graduate Students & Dairy Farmers 

A bunch of poor students wake up, eat breakfast, and try to find money to pay the milk lady. A great choice for those of you with housemates who eat your food in the fridge and routinely wake you up because they’ve locked themselves out of the flat.

Episode 2. Nestor: Historians, Teachers, Schoolboys, and Parents of Ugly Children Read more

Bloomsday 2015: You’re invited!