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Master Class on The Digital Ulysses with Hans Walter Gabler

Offered for credit as English 561 at UVic, this course is also open to any interested scholars, students, or lay-persons. Contact Stephen Ross at for more information.

The course can be — ideally is — coupled with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute course on “Versioning and Collation in Digital Environments” (seminar #18)


The Digital Ulysses


The course will focus on working with James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most intriguing and challenging of modernist texts, particularly from an editorial perspective. In this part of the course, students will work in a lab setting, where professors Ross and Gabler, and MVP post-doctoral fellow Dr. Huculak, will provide support and guidance. Students will select some portion of Ulysses with which to work, and then spend the week editing two versions of that portion, preparing them for collation and publication as scholarly digital editions. The resulting work may be published on the Modernist Versions Project’s website, and will certainly become part of its research framework.

Students will thus receive an intensive introduction to, and start on, doing professional editorial and versioning work with one of the twentieth century’s most important literary texts. This work will be contextualized in terms of the birth of modernism in serial publication (the “little magazines”), and of the importance of editorial work in shaping it. Students will be required to provide documentation of their editorial work, and to situate the interpretive decisions this work necessarily entails in terms of the history of modernist cultural production and the field of modernist studies.

* please note that students will need to bring a laptop to class, whether their own or rented.


  • Digital iterations of Ulysses and other modernist novels will be provided to the students on the first day of class.
  • Secondary readings will be provided to students in digital format (many of them are freely available online). They may include essays by Bornstein, Clement, Kirschenbaum, Pattuelli, Sayers, Bryant, Latham, Wollaeger, and Mao and Walkowitz.
  • The tools with which the students will work are all open access and open source, and access will be provided on the first day of class



Associate Professor | English | CSPT | U. of Victoria

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