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MVP-Sponsored Bloomsday Lecture

Copyright: Gisele Freund, <a href="http://www.imec-archives.com/">IMEC PARIS</a>. Courtesy University of Victoria Special Collections
Copyright: Gisele Freund, IMEC PARIS. Courtesy University of Victoria Special Collections

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Paris to Victoria: Exhibit of rare photos (PDF)

For the first time in Canada, British Columbians have an opportunity to view a rare collection of photographs of James Joyce in Paris taken in 1938 by the young Franco-German photographer Gisèle Freund.

According to UVic Joyce scholar Dr. J. Matthew Huculak, “James Joyce loved Paris—it was his spiritual home—but he absolutely hated being photographed. In 1938, Freund convinced Joyce to let her take a series of photographs that would become famous around the world. The result was the only colour photographs of Joyce ever taken – one which was chosen as the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.”

  • What: “Paris to Victoria: a Photographic Exhibition of Gisèle Freund’s Paris”
  • When: June 16 to July 1, Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Room A003, McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room, UVic

The exhibition is a joint project of the UVic Libraries, the Department of English, the Modernist Versions Project and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

UVic is accessible by sustainable travel options including transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect. Evening parking is $2.50. Parking info and campus maps: www.uvic.ca/maps.

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Media contacts:

  • Dr. J. Matthew Huculak (Department of English) at 250-217-0063 or jhuculak@uvic.ca
  • Susan Henderson (Library Communications) at 250-853-3612 or shenders@uvic.ca
  • Tara Sharpe (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca



Presenting Big Modernism

These are the slides from a Brown Bag Lecture given by Belaid Moa (Compute Canada) and myself at the University of Victoria, April 2014. In the presentation we addressed computer-assisted methods for analyzing modernist literature as Big Data and revealed our preliminary results. For a longer blog post see Making Models of Modernism.

Making Models of Modernism

Distribution of Modernist Topics
Distribution of Modernist Topics

This semester, with the Modernist Versions Project and the Maker Lab in the Humanities, Belaid Moa (Compute Canada) and I have been topic modelling modernist texts. In doing this work, we are hoping to identify heretofore unidentified patterns, both thematic and stylistic, across a (for now, admittedly small) corpus of modernist texts.

Topic modelling assumes authors create documents using collocated clusters of words. By working “backward,” computer algorithms sort the words from a set of pre-processed documents and generate lists of words that comprise these clusters. In our work, we are using the LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation) probabilistic model. This popular model operates on the Bayesian method of inference, a mathematical concept that works backward from an observed set of data to calculate the probability of certain conditions being in place in order to produce that set of data. In other words, it depends on a notion of causality and asks what circumstances need to be in place in order for certain results to occur. Read more

BLOOMSDAY 2014

Image Courtesy IMEC. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce
Image Courtesy IMEC. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce

The Modernist Versions Project, the University Library, and the Department of English are pleased to announce BLOOMSDAY 2014 Celebrations. We are sponsoring TWO events: An Exhibition of Photographs of James Joyce and a Reading of Ulysses. ALL ARE WELCOME.

1. Talk by MVP Co-Founder J. Matthew Huculak: Monday, June 16, from  3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Mearns Centre for Learning –McPherson Library Classroom A003, lower level. Free and open to the public (Parking info and maps are available at www.uvic.ca/visitors/explore/maps)

2. Readings from Ulysses at Peacock Billiards (1175 Douglas Street) at 7:00 p.m

From Paris to Victoria: exhibit of rare photos

For the first time in Canada, British Columbians have an opportunity to view a rare collection of photographs of James Joyce in Paris taken in 1938 by the young Franco-German photographer Gisèle Freund.

The University of Victoria Libraries and the Department of English are pleased to announce the opening of Paris to Victoria: a photographic exhibition of Gisèle Freund’s Paris from June 16-July 1, 2014 at the University of Victoria William C. Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library. “UVic Libraries has internationally recognized holdings in Modernist British, American, French and Anglo-Irish literature and we are delighted to be hosting this unique event,” says Jonathan Bengtson, university librarian.

June 16, the opening day of the exhibit, marks the day-long celebration of Bloomsday in Victoria. Bloomsday is an annual celebration of the life of James Joyce and, in particular, his novel Ulysses, which is entirely set in Dublin on June 16th, 1904.

All members of the community are invited to a lecture and guided viewing of the exhibit by Joyce scholar, Dr. J Matthew Huculak, UBC Master of Archival Studies graduate Kathy Bohlman, and artist and writer Robert Amos. A reception follows this event.

The Bloomsday celebrations continue at the Peacock Billiards (1175 Douglas Street) at 7:00 p.m. with readings from Joyce’s Ulysses. All lovers of literature are welcome to pull up a chair and share a pint in celebration of Ireland’s greatest 20th century novelist.

Talk by MVP Co-Founder J. Matthew Huculak: Monday, June 16, from  3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Mearns Centre for Learning –McPherson Library Classroom A003, lower level. Free and open to the public (Parking info and maps are available at www.uvic.ca/visitors/explore/maps)

The exhibition is a joint project of the UVic Libraries, the Department of English, the Modernist Versions Project (MVP) and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL).

Media contacts:

Dr. J. Matthew Huculak (Department of English) at 250-217-0063 or jhuculak@uvic.ca

Susan Henderson (Library Communications) at 250-853-3612 or shenders@uvic.ca

Tara Sharpe (University Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6248 or tksharpe@uvic.ca

Digital Modernists Feast

The Digital Modernists Feast held during DHSI2014 was a huge success, with over 30 scholars, librarians, students, and researchers working in modernism and digital humanities converging on The Local Kitchen in downtown Victoria for good food, abundant beer, and a whole tonne of funne (Canadian sp., right?).

A hearty thanks go out to everyone who came out, and those who sent their regrets (you missed the best time!). The SSHRC-funded Linked Modernisms initiative sponsored the event, billed as a crucial first step in creating linked modernisms: linking modernists.

Thanks again, everyone. We hope to reconvene as many as can make it at the MSA conference in Pittsburgh in November.

Gifford and Ross win SEED Grant

The MVP is proud to announce that co-directors James Gifford and Stephen Ross were awarded the University Provost’s SEED Grant at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus. Tenable for 2014-2015, the grant funds three undergraduate student research assistants, new book scanning equipment, two training sessions in Vancouver and Victoria, and travel to the conference of the Modernist Studies Association. The first task to be undertaken with the funding is a full digital edition of the 1890 and 1891 variant editions of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Stay tuned…