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.
The “Telemachiad” comprises the first three chapters of 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 Ulysses are collectively called the “Telemachiad” because they focus on Stephen Dedalus who corresponds loosely with Odysseus’ son Telemachus in the 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.
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.