Bloomsday 2014: Building Communities
The Modernist Versions Project might just be the only digital humanities project to launch in a pubÂ and partnerÂ with a brewery in the celebration of Bloomsday!
In 2013, MVP Co-Directors Stephen Ross and Matt Huculak taught a versioning course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, which ended with a Bloomsday lecture by Hans Walter Gabler (followed by readings at the James Joyce Bistro!).
This year, thanks toÂ a unique partnership with the University Library, The Department of English, and The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, MVP Co-Director,Â Dr. J. Matthew Huculak andÂ Kathy Bohlman, MAS,Â launchedÂ “From Paris to Victoria: GisÃ©le Freund’s James Joyce Photographs” in the Mearns Centre for Learning, Special Collections in the University of Victoria Library (June 16-July 10, 2014). This photographic exhibition highlights the GisÃ¨le Freund Fonds held by the University of Victoria Library and includes the most intimate photographs ever taken of Joyce and his family. The exhibit alsoÂ includesÂ the Joyce-inspired art of Robert Amos, RCA.
The BloomsdayÂ lecture for the grand opening of the exhibitÂ broughtÂ in overÂ 50 members from ourÂ Victorian community–including the grandniece of James Joyce!Â The lecture by Huculak and Bohlman was followed by a delicious reading of portions from Calypso by Robert Amos whose literary mastications satisfied the entire audience.Â It was incredible to see a standing-room-only event in our Special Collections Classroom, especially for an event produced collaboratively by our university community.
That evening, David Peacock–dressed as Henry Flower from Ulysses (andÂ owner of the James Joyce Bistro)–welcomed the community into his pub for Bloomsday readings. Sean Hoyne, of Hoyne Brewery, donated all proceeds from Hoyne beer sales to Victoria’s Literacy Program, and to the delight of all in attendance, gaveÂ two spirited readings from Ulysses. Associate Professor, Misao Dean createdÂ a convincing Molly before our ears, and the grandniece of Joyce read with her Dublin intonations. All attendees were invited to autograph the cherished “Bloomsday Book,” curated by Peacock and annually illustrated by Amos.
We have more reasons to celebrate: although our Years of Ulysses are coming to end, we will continue to publish the pirated editions of Samuel Roth’s Ulysses alongside other great materialÂ in 2014 & 2015.
Please enjoy pictures from Bloomsday 2014 below.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Scholarship, University of Victoria Libraries; Co-Founder, Modernist Versions Project