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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

Collaboration at Work: Special Collections

One of the  pleasures of working with the MVP is the close relationship we enjoy with the University of Victoria’s Libraries–especially its special collections. I’ve been fortunate to work with great librarians over the years; in fact, much of my PhD research could not have been accomplished without the friendliness shown by the librarians at Tulsa’s McFarlin library. Yet, there’s something special about the public outreach and service performed by the people of McPherson Library. For example, Dr. Laura Estill’s Nuts and Bolts series, sponsored by the ETCL, is frequently attended by librarians as they actively seek out how they can better serve the UViC community. Read more

Ulysses Versioned: The Fluid Text

How did the chanter compensate for this deficiency?

By a periphrastic version of the general text.

I had the honour of giving the inaugural lecture for this term’s Electronic Textual Cultures Lab‘s Brown Bag Lunch Series held on October 4, 2012 at the University of Victoria.

I am in the beginning stages of my project, “Ulysses Versioned: The Fluid Text,” as part of my postdoctoral research with the Modernist Versions Project (MVP). I first encountered James Joyce’s masterpiece (pace Wake scholars) as a graduate student at the University of Tulsa, where I had the opportunity to work as an Editorial Assistant with the James Joyce Quarterly (JJQ). Not only did I get to take an independent study on Ulysses with Sean Latham, the editor of the JJQ, but I also got to work with the vibrant community of Joyce studies. Joyce is one of the few modernist scholars who can support a robust journal industry on his own, and fans of his work extend well beyond the halls of academia.

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