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Proust at the Edges of Modernity

Proust’s modernism is the result of an experiment.

Nearly a quarter of a century after Proust’s passing in 1922, his niece opened a cabinet in her home to reveal stacks of notebooks and piles of torn draft pages that had been hidden away since the close of the nineteenth century. The mass of archival material, generated more than two decades before the appearance of Du Côté de Chez Swann, composed the manuscript pages of Proust’s nineteenth century novel—a novel Proust never finished.

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Laura Hensch to Moderate Final Twitter Chat – “Penelope”

Laura Hensch, Moderator for “Penelope” Twitter Chat
Laura Hensch, Moderator for “Penelope” Twitter Chat

On Friday, May 24 at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific, Laura Hensch will moderate the MVP’s final YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Penelope.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Laura Hensch received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, where she wrote her junior and senior papers on Finnegans Wake. In May 2012, she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Tulsa with a final annotated bibliography project on minor Joyce biographies, Joyce’s Jesuit curriculum, and Joyce’s pre-Trieste personal reading. At the 2011 International James Joyce Symposium, Laura presented “Tesseracts and Proteiform Polyhedrons: James Joyce’s Multi-dimensional Symmetry.”

She will be starting her PhD program at SUNY Buffalo next fall.

email: laurahensch@gmail.com | twitter: @plurabelle

These Fragments I Have Shored: Joyce @ UVic

Odyssey Press Edition of <em>Ulysses</em>, 1932. Courtesy: Special Collections @ UViC
Odyssey Press Edition of Ulysses, 1932. Courtesy: Special Collections @ UViC

This week I started a new regimen in Special Collections at the University of Victoria. As part of my work for the MVP, I am helping the library create a comprehensive listing of modernist material in Special Collections. I decided to start with a Library of Congress Classification string that I know quite well: PR6019 .O9….

I was immediately stunned by the Special Collections Joyce holdings, which include (but are not limited to) the first English (Shakespeare & Company)  and French (La Maison des Amis des Livres) codex editions, as well as the two-volume “definitive” Odyssey Press edition published in 1932, which, according to the bold type on the back cover, was “NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A” Read more

Alison Lacivita to Moderate Fifteenth YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, May 3 at 4 pm EDT / 1 pm PST, Alison Lacivita will moderate the MVP’s fifteenth YoU Twitter chat, focussing specifically on “Ithaca.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Alison Lacivita earned her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her dissertation was an ecocritical reading of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. She currently lives in Villars-sur-Ollon, in the Swiss Alps, and will be beginning as Assistant Professor of Modern British Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall.

@alisonlacivita | alison.lacivita@gmail.com