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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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Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Modernist Versions Project seeks expressions of interest from exceptional candidates who would like to apply for a Banting postdoctoral fellowship.

The Banting fellowship, which emphasizes fit between the candidate and the host institution, is highly competitive. The successful applicant will have to be an emerging leader in her or his field.

We especially seek individuals with strong backgrounds in digital humanities and literary modernism, with experience in one or more of the following: physical computing, 3D modelling and printing, data visualization, linked data, electronic scholarly editions, and collating and versioning electronic texts.

Statements of interest of no more than one page, outlining the potential applicant’s background, training, and research interests, must be received by 13 September 2012. Please send all statements as .pdf files, with your last name in the filename, to

It’s all about YoU(lysses)

Ulysses CoverView the complete YoU schedule

The Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses (YoU) initiative will introduce James Joyce’s masterpiece to its widest audience ever, provoke people to read it, support them as they do so, and bring this novel of the everyday back into everyday life.

Thanks to the remarkable efforts of MVP associates Patrick Belk and Matthew Kochis (both at the University of Tulsa) as well as the generosity of the McFarlin Library, the MVP now owns high-quality scans of the first edition of Ulysses as it was published in February 1922 by Sylvia Beach’s famed Shakespeare & Company bookstore. In the spirit of the Liberate Ulysses movement and in honour of the 90th birthday of Joyce’s masterpiece, we are serially publishing these scans online—just as Ulysses was originally serialized in the pages of the Little Review—and providing a robust framework for (re-)discovering the novel.

The Year of Ulysses initiative involves not only the public release of these scans but also lectures, Twitter chats, an art competition, and various other events anchored in Joyce’s novel. Join us as we celebrate 90 years of Ulysses!

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MVP Wins Major SSHRC Grant

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.