On June 25 and 26 the MVP Board of Directors met at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver campus to hammer out details of the project’s next phase. The meetings were incredibly productive, and produced an exciting list of activities to be pursued in the coming months. The board renewed its commitment to collaborative, experimental and prototyping efforts, as well as to making available modernist materials in various stages of versioning so that others can begin accessing the data for their own purposes as soon as possible. In that vein, we also discussed how best to continue our partnerships with NINES, EMiC, MJP, Islandora / DiscoveryGarden, the ETCL, and Fairleigh Dickinson University—even as we pursue other partnerships that will increase the accessibility of materials and the user base of our tools and workflows as they come online. We also articulated a plan for training graduate students in the fields of digital humanities and modernist studies.
Twas the eve before Bloomsday . . . speeches were short, Guinness abundant, and Joyce fans eager to chat at the MVP launch. Guests were able to check out the new website, discuss Joyce with Robert Amos and David Peacock, and admire the beautiful Joyce-inspired decorations at Peacock Billiards in Victoria, B.C. MVP Director Stephen Ross briefly introduced the new website and the Year of Ulysses project. He also announced the winners of the YoU Photo Competition. In short, a blooming grand time had by all.
Huge thank you to Michael Stevens for his excellent photography skills!
The “Telemachiad” comprises the first three chapters ofÂ Ulysses: “Telemachus,” “Nestor,” and “Proteus.” The chapters were named by Joyce to correspond roughly with episodes in the ancient Greek epic poem Odyssey, by Homer. The first three chapters of UlyssesÂ are collectively called the “Telemachiad” because they focus on Stephen Dedalus who corresponds loosely with Odysseus’ son Telemachus in theÂ Odyssey. First timers, be warned: the third chapter, “Proteus,” is difficult and tedious — feel free to laugh along with Joyce at Stephen Dedalus’s pretentiousness and self-seriousness! Just keep going and you’ll be rewarded with the rest of the book.
We’re happy to present the 1st instalment of the YoU Lecture Series: Robert Spoo’s “The Public Domains: Copyright After Copyright.”