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Chris Forster to Moderate Second YoU Twitter Chat

On Friday, July 13th at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT, Chris Forster will moderate the MVP’s second YoU Twitter chat, focusing specifically on “Calypso.” The hashtag for the Twitter chat is #yearofulysses.

Forster will be starting as assistant professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at Syracuse University in the Fall. He completed his PhD at the University of Virginia, examining how issues of aesthetic value and are complicated by media technologies in debates surrounding obscenity and modernism.

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YoU Featured in Inside Higher Ed

On June 21st, Lee Skallerup Bessette covered Year of Ulysses (YoU) in Inside Higher Ed. At the end of her YoU piece, she writes:

“I’m writing about this project here, not just because it involves EMiC (which I am a part of), but also because I think it is important that this initiative be promoted as widely as possible. This, to me, is one of the biggest potential benefits (for lack of a better word) of digital humanities: the potential to bring the academics and the general public together is a collaborative way. While I was at Congress, I continually heard about how humanists need to engage more with the public, but was then dismayed by the relative media silence about YoU. Maybe because it’s the summer, when we all scatter to the wind, maybe it’s because it’s being done in Canada, thus off the larger higher education (or even mainstream media radar). Either way, I know that I will finally attempt Ulysses and participate in this absolutely fascinating experiment and experience.”

Read the entire piece, which also features Stephen Ross’s commentary on the YoU initiative.

Read Calypso

“Calypso” is the fourth chapter in Ulysses, and introduces us to the character who will take up the vast bulk of the rest of the novel: Leopold Bloom. It also introduces us to his wife, Molly, whose adulterous tryst with her music manager Blazes Boylan is scheduled for later in the afternoon. The tension around this assignation and the reasons for the dysfunction in the Blooms’ marriage drive much of the psychological drama in the ensuing chapters. First-timers note Bloom’s tenderness towards the cat, his efforts to comprehend her, and his comical error when he thinks he has. Cats, dogs, rats: all will feature prominently from here on out.

Read “Calypso” now.

Year of Ulysses Interview on CFUV!

Campus radio, CFUV, at the University of Victoria will be broadcasting interviews with Stephen Ross and Jentery Sayers on Monday, July 2nd, from 1:30 to 2 pm on CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria. You can listen online at, where there’s a ‘listen now’ link. Alternatively, if you are not able to listen to the broadcast, the show will be podcasted and should appear on CFUV’s podcast list ( within the week.

Hear us talk about the Year of Ulysses and the Modernist Versions Project!

Special thanks to Michelle Macklem, who produced the show.

Inaugural MVP Summit

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.

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