Inspired by the iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses and in preparation for Bloomsday, the MVP initiated the Bloomsday Photo Competition on Facebook. Joyce fans from Canada and the States posted their own photography on the theme, “Reading Ulysses,” with participants reading on Skype, on a mountain top, and on the toilet! The winners were announced at the Year of Ulysses and MVP Launch on June 15. For most Facebook likes, the winner was David Oswald. For distance from Dublin and Victoria, the winner was Aguinaldo Severino. Thank you for all submissions!
On the left, the watercolour of Joyce is by Robert Amos.
Chapter Releases: 2012-13
June 15: The Telemachiad + Front Matter
July 6: “Calypso”
July 27: “Lotus Eaters”
August 17: “Hades”
September 7: “Aeolus”
September 28: “Lestrygonians”
October 19: “Scylla and Charybdis”
November 9: “Wandering Rocks”
November 30: “Sirens”
January 11: “Cyclops”
February 1: “Nausicaa”
February 22: “Oxen of the Sun”
March 15: “Circe”
April 5: “Eumaeus”
April 26: “Ithaca”
May 17: “Penelope”
June 16: Celebrate Bloomsday with the complete Ulysses
Lectures (video): 2012-13
- Robert Berry, Ulysses Seen: “Swimming the Deeper Waters of Joyceana” & Rob Berry and Mike Barsanti on ULYSSES “SEEN” (August 10, 2012)
- Vincent Cheng: “Ulysses, Race, and Colonialism.” (February 15, 2013)
- James Clawson, Grambling State University: “‘Dirty Eaters’: Bloom’s Eco-Critical Cycles in Lestrygonians (October 12, 2012)
- Ronan Crowley, SUNY Buffalo: “A Medley of Voices” (March 29, 2013)
Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago (May 31, 2013)
- Anne Fogarty: “Reading ‘Cyclops'” (January 2013)
- Alan W. Friedman, University of Texas at Austin: “Reading Ulysses at 90.” (April 19, 2013)
- Hans Walter Gabler, Munich University: “The Segments and the Whole: An Aspect of Joyce’s Art of Construction” (November 23, 2012)
- Michael Groden, The University of Toronto: “Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction” (April 19, 2013).
- Terence Killeen, James Joyce Centre, Dublin: “Ulysses in the Mirror of Modernism” (November 2, 2012)
- William Kupinse, University of Puget Sound: “Sustainability, Style, and Scientific Objectivity in the ‘Ithaca’ Episode of Joyce’s Ulysses.” (May 10, 2013)
- Amanda Sigler, Erskine College: “Sexy Modernism: An Invitation” (February 15, 2013)
- Sam Slote, Trinity College Dublin: “Between Commentary and Eternity” (March 8, 2013)
- Robert Spoo, University of Tulsa: “The Public Domains” (June 15, 2012)
- Michael Stevens, University of Victoria: “Calypso: The Everyday with Relish” (July 20, 2012)
Twitter Chats: 2012-13 (follow #yearofulysses)
June 22 at 2pm EDT w/ Janine Utell, Widener University
July 13 at 1pm EDT w/ Chris Forster, Syracuse University
August 3 at 2pm EDT w/ Michael Stevens, University of Victoria
August 24 w/ Ronan Crowley, SUNY Buffalo
September 14 w/ Liam Lanigan, University College Dublin
October 5 w/ Matthew J. Kochis, University of Tulsa
October 26 w/ Laura Hensch
November 16 w/ Jeff Drouin, University of Tulsa
December 7 w/ James Clawson, Grambling State University
January 18 w/ James Gifford, Farleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver
February 8 w/ Matt Hayward, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
March 1 w/ Philip Keel Geheber, Trinity College Dublin
March 22 w/ Cleo Hanaway, University of Oxford
April 12 w/ Paul Fagan, University of Vienna
May 3 w/ Alison Lacivita, Trinity College Dublin
May 24 w/ Laura Hensch
Utell is an Associate Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Pennsylvania, USA. She is the author of James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire. Janine has worked as Bloomsday Coordinator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library and collaborated on the “Calypso” episode for the web comic and iPad app Ulysses “Seen”.
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The Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses (YoU) initiative will introduce James Joyce’s masterpiece to its widest audience ever, provoke people to read it, support them as they do so, and bring this novel of the everyday back into everyday life.
Thanks to the remarkable efforts of MVP associates Patrick Belk and Matthew Kochis (both at the University of Tulsa) as well as the generosity of the McFarlin Library, the MVP now owns high-quality scans of the first edition of Ulysses as it was published in February 1922 by Sylvia Beach’s famed Shakespeare & Company bookstore. In the spirit of the Liberate Ulysses movement and in honour of the 90th birthday of Joyce’s masterpiece, we are serially publishing these scans online—just as Ulysses was originally serialized in the pages of the Little Review—and providing a robust framework for (re-)discovering the novel.
The Year of Ulysses initiative involves not only the public release of these scans but also lectures, Twitter chats, an art competition, and various other events anchored in Joyce’s novel. Join us as we celebrate 90 years of Ulysses!
The Modernist Versions Project (MVP) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant in the amount of $200,000 over three years. This grant funding will enable the MVP to continue to build strong relationships with its official partners, who already support the project with over $2 million in support: Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC), Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online (NINES), the Electronic and Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at UVic, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Islandora/DiscoveryGarden , and the Modernist Journals Project (MJP).
It will also allow the MVP to pursue further formal partnerships with its informal collaborators, such as the Beinecke Library at Yale University. The funds will be primarily allocated to student training and post-doctoral fellows whose work will advance the MVP’s core objective to advance the potential for comparative interpretations of modernist texts that exist in multiple forms by digitizing, collating, versioning, and visualizing them individually and in combination.