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For almost fifty years the James Joyce Quarterly, based at the University of Tulsa, has been the flagship journal of international Joyce studies. In each issue, JJQ brings together a wide array of critical work focusing on the life, work, and legacy of James Joyce. This blog provides information about news, conferences, exhibitions, and events of interest to the global community of Joyce’s readers.
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Dublin filmmaker, Eoghan Kidney is forthright about the difficulty he experiences trying to understand Stephen Dedalus’ thoughts in the “Proteus” episode of Ulysses. In his quest to understand the text he’s enlisted several different media formats including Frank Delaney’s Re:Joyce podcast, Sam Slote’s annotations to the text, and Columbia University’s online materials. Rather than surrender to the “impenetrable” text, his solution is to literally immerse himself into its reality, even if he has to create it for himself.
Kidney has started a Fund:it page asking for donations to help build an interactive virtual reality version of the “Proteus” episode called “In Ulysses.” “In Ulysses” is part videogame, part ebook, and part audiobook. The experience is designed for an Oculus Rift VR headset, but will play on more available and ubiquitous devices on Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. The virtual experience runs on the Unreal Engine which you’ll recognize immediately if you’ve ever played a first-person shooter videogame. Kidney hopes “In Ulysses” helps readers by providing sensory cues in the immersive environment alongside an audio reading, onscreen textual annotation, images, and helpful links. Like someone walking, reading, or playing a videogame, the user can stop and investigate each link, image, section of text, or environmental cue. During the demo video, which gives you a sense of how “In Ulysses” will work and look, Kidney explains the motivation behind the project and describes what the reader/player/listener experience will be like.
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A marathon reading of the entirety of Finnegans Wake, called “Awake All Finnegans,” is being put on as part of the third annual Happy Days Festival in Enniskillen. The festival consists of several different events in honor of Samuel Beckett. By staging the reading of Joyce’s work at a festival in Beckett’s honor, organizers are seeking to highlight the importance of the personal and creative relationship between the two authors. The reading will take place from August 1st through August 10th and anyone interested in reading sections should contact email@example.com.
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The Zurich James Joyce Foundation and Translation House Looren have just announced a new joint fellowship designed to support an ongoing translation project of a work written by Joyce. Fellows will offered a two-month residency at Translation House Looren and a stipend of 1,500 CHF to cover travel and living expenses. They will, of course, have full access to the library and other resources of the Zurich Joyce Foundation.
Applications are due 30 September, 2014. For further information, contact the Zurich Joyce Foundation.
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Issue 49.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2012) is available for ordering. The double issue includes a feature section on Dubliners with articles from Michael Timins, David Ben-Merre, Gerald Doherty, Jordan Burr, Christopher DeVault, as well as articles from Jed Deppman, Vike Martina Plock, Gerald L. Bruns, Shan-Yun Huang, and Bill Brockman’s Current JJ Checklist (118). It also includes an entertainment from Simon Loekle. The front cover is a 15 x 11-inch collage entitled ‘Portrait’ by Heather Ryan Kelley created in 2012.
The table of contents with links to articles and abstracts from Project Muse is below.
FEATURE SECTION ON DUBLINERS
“The Sisters”: Their Disease
Eveline Ever After
“Object Lessons”: Bloom and His Things
Vike Martina Plock
What’s in a Mirror: James Joyce’s Phenomenology of Perception
Gerald L. Bruns
William S. Brockman
Acrostics in Joyce’s Poetry
Lighting-Up Time for Nighttown
The German Joyce, by Robert K. Weninger
James Joyce: Texts and Contexts, by Len Platt
The Ends of Ireland: Criticism, History, Subjectivity, by Conor Carville
Catherine E. Paul
Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man, by Andrew Goldstone
Edward P. Comentale
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I was saddened to learn that A. Walton Litz, the great critic, editor, and teacher, passed away near his home in Princeton New Jersey last week. Walt joined the board of the JJQ in 1973 and contributed regularly to our columns throughout the 1970s and 80s. He was an internationally renowned expert on modernism and was the author or editor of over twenty volumes on major figures including Joyce, Eliot, and Pound. His edition of Dubliners (co-edited with Robert Scholes) is still the most widely cited in our pages.
More than just a insightful critic, Walt was also a talented mentor and generous collaborator. Indeed, JJQ’s former editor, Robert Spoo, studied with him at Princeton as did Michael Groden, Vicki Mahaffey, Holly Laird, and many others. It’s fair to say that through his writing and his teaching alike, he played an essential role in shaping contemporary Joyce studies. He will be missed.
As is our custom, we will open the comments section on this post for those who might want to share their thoughts or memories. Our commemorative black box marking his passing will appear in issue 50.2.
The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has a truly impressive lineup of events for Bloomsday 2014. The festivities will begin on June 10 and culminate on Bloomsday. Events leading up to Bloomsday include walking and bus tours tracing locations from Joyce’s works, a literary pub crawl, a streetside brunch, and public talks featuring Irish authors and other experts. There will also be exhibitions of work from American photographer Lee Miller, Robert Berry’s illustrations of “The Dead,” and a showing of John Huston’s The Dead at the Irish Film Institute. This year’s observance of Bloomsday is of particular importance because it coincides with the centenary of the publication of Dubliners. There has already been a myriad of events related to this anniversary, and during the week leading up to Bloomsday, the Joyce Centre will participate in several others, highlighted by several showings of Declan Gorman’s theatrical portrayal of Grant Richards and Dubliners’ fraught publication history. Finally, on Bloomsday The Joyce Centre will host a full Irish breakfast, participate in public readings MC’d by Peter Sheridan, and then complete the scheduled events with a showing of Romping Through Ulysses—James Joyce meets Rocky Horror and a Bloomsday Festival Wrap Party. View the Centre’s itinerary here to see the full schedule and a detailed description of each event. Also note that many of these events require advance booking and are located throughout the city. You can plan your Bloomsday celebration and purchase tickets all on the Centre’s page.
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Irish filmmaker PadraigTrehy is trying to complete his experimental film Shem the Penman Sings Again. The film, which Trehy has been working on for four years, is “about James Joyce and his love of music and song as exemplified in his relationship with the great Irish tenor John McCormack.” The film focuses on Joyce’s memories of singing with McCormack in 1904, but also highlights the intersections between Joyce’s work and music throughout his life. In addition, Trehy has shot the film to evoke the early twentieth-century cinematic style that so enthralled Joyce. The website features more information about the film, still images, a teaser trailer, and other footage. It also includes a link to a crowd funding page where you can view a video of Trehy speaking about the project as well as more information about the film’s progress and plans for completion.