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MVP White Paper on Collation Tools (2011)

In 2011, the Modernist Versions Project needed to know what tools were being developed and used for collation. This paper is a survey of notable collation tools available for testing in 2011. It builds upon Hans Walter Gabler’s white paper, “Remarks on Collation,” published online in 2008, and accounts for collation tool development since Gabler’s survey. This paper is not a history of collation tools in the humanities. It is a survey and review of tools that are still being used for collation and visualization of collated texts. We review eight tools that have been developed specifically for textual collation, one tool developed for displaying the Text Encoding Initiative’s parallel segmentation in a web browser, and two version control systems.

PDF of White paper (5.2 MB)

Year of Ulysses International Art Competition Winner

The MVP is proud to announce the winner of our “Year of Ulysses International Art Competition.” Travis Williams, whose “Ulysses — The Human Bodyssey” “seeks to stand as a visual microcosm of Joyce’s masterpiece and to visually represent, as Joyce brilliantly achieved in Ulysses, the unions of world and word, science and art, the body and language, and ultimately, the flesh and the spirit.”  Travis receives a $500 cash prize. Read more

Diving the Douglas Goldring Fonds

Douglas Goldring; Courtesy of the University of Victoria Special Collections
Douglas Goldring; Courtesy of the University of Victoria Special Collections

The University of Victoria Special Collections houses the Douglas Goldring fonds.  Goldring was an important figure in modernist periodical culture: he  was the sub-editor of modernism’s first little magazine, The English Review (1908), edited by Ford Madox Hueffer*, and once Ford lost control of the Review in 1910, Goldring ran a little magazine called The Tramp, in which he published Wyndham Lewis and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. In 1914,  Goldring advised Lewis on the publication of BLAST, a year before founding his own publishing company, Selwyn and Blount (ODNB).

As a periodical scholar, I was excited to sift through Goldring’s records. Ford sent out a famous circular announcing the birth of the English Review in 1907. I know many scholars who have attempted unsuccessfully to locate this circular, and I had hoped that maybe the fires of history would have spared a copy of it in some folder labelled “miscellaneous” (these are my favourite folders to look through when working in the archives). Read more

Finnegans Flotsam: What is a Modernist Text? A Special Collections Exhibition

The following text is from an exhibit curated by Dr. J. Matthew Huculak in Special Collections at the University of Victoria. You can view the exhibit during these hours:

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (September-April)
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (May-August)


Finnegans Wake, Faber and Faber, 1939. Special Collections, The University of Victoria.
Finnegans Wake, Faber and Faber, 1939. Special Collections, The University of Victoria.

Did you know that Special Collections at the University of Victoria has a rich collection of James Joyce material?

What makes this collection particularly unique is its gathering of facsimile “avant-textes,” which comprise the manuscript material of a given work (not shown), as well as its near-complete compilation of periodical and special-edition versions of Joyce’s work.This exhibit highlights some of Special Collection’s material pertaining to Finnegans Wake (1923-1939). By the time Joyce started writing Finnegans Wake 1923, he was already famous internationally for the “Scandal of Ulysses,” when his magnum opus was banned and declared obscene in the United States and Great Britain.[1]

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Michael Groden’s “Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction”

The MVP is thrilled to present the next instalment of the YoU Lecture Series: Michael Groden’s “Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction”

Speaker: Dr. Michael Groden, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English, University of Western Ontario

Talk Title: “Ulysses: The Necessary Fiction”

Venue: University of Toronto

Date: 19 April 2013