The James Joyce Quarterly by jjqblog
February 6, 2010, 8:41 AM
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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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Virtual Reality Ulysses by jjqblog
October 21, 2014, 12:13 PM
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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.

Marathon Reading of Finnegans Wake by jjqblog
July 9, 2014, 9:40 PM
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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 ronan@happy-days-enniskillen.com.

New Joyce Translation Fellowship by jjqblog
July 6, 2014, 9:49 PM
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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.

Table of Contents 49.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2012) by jjqblog
July 3, 2014, 3:51 PM
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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.


“Ça se voit aussi à Paris”: A Report on “Optical Errors,” The 2013 James Joyce Colloquium, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, 8 June 2013
Victoria Lévêque

“Problems with Authority”: The Second International Flann O’Brien Conference, University of Rome III, 19–21 June 2013
Adam Winstanley

“Joycencore rearrived/or lots of fun again”: The Seventeenth Annual Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy, 30 June–6 July 2013
Ágota Márton

“Dolce Far Molto”: The Seventeenth Annual Trieste Joyce School, Trieste, Italy, 30 June–6 July 2013
Stella Tan

“Reading newspaper, eating meals, pleasure, etcetera” (FW 127.20-22): The 2013 Zurich James Joyce Foundation Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland, 4-10 August, 2013
Tamara Radak



“The Sisters”: Their Disease
Michael Timins

Eveline Ever After
David Ben-Merre

“There must be reparation”: A Sacrificial Reading of “The Boarding House”
Gerald Doherty

“Counterparts,” the Iliad, and the Genesis of Joyce’s Mythic Method
Jordan Burr

“The Memory of Parnell”: Juridical and Ethical Testimony in “Ivy Day in the Committee Room”
Christopher DeVault



James Joyce: From Hero to Author of the Bildungsroman
Jed Deppman

“Object Lessons”: Bloom and His Things
Vike Martina Plock

What’s in a Mirror: James Joyce’s Phenomenology of Perception
Gerald L. Bruns

“Wandering Temporalities”: Rethinking Imagined Communities Through “Wandering Rocks”
Shan-Yun Huang


William S. Brockman



Detecting the Man in the Macintosh: James Joyce and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
David J. Hart

Acrostics in Joyce’s Poetry
Tristan Power



The Unnamable!
Simon Loekle

Dublin Over
David Ben-Merre

Finnegans Tweet
Frank Levy



Text (Not Manuscript) Transcriptions: Stepping-Stones to The Dublin “Ulysses” Papers
Hans Walter Gabler

Lighting-Up Time for Nighttown
Ronan Crowley



“Strandentwining Cable”: Joyce, Flaubert, and Intertextuality, by Scarlett Baron
Valérie Bénéjam

The German Joyce, by Robert K. Weninger
Patrick O’Neill

James Joyce: Texts and Contexts, by Len Platt
Terence Brown

Noch Mehr Über Joyce: Streiflichter (Still More on Joyce: Highlights), by Fritz Senn, edited by Sabine Baumann
Wilhelm Füger

Borges and Joyce: An Infinite Conversation, by Patricia Novillo-Corvalán
Lucia Boldrini

“Finnegans Wake,” The Final Chapter: The Illnesstraited Colossick Idition, by James Joyce, illustrated by Tim Ahern
Shelly Brivic

Hypermedia Joyce, edited by Louis Armand and David Vichnar
Mike Frangos

Zones of Re-Membering: Time, Memory, and (Un)Consciousness, by Don Gifford, edited by Donald E. Morse
Oona Frawley

Architecture and Modern Literature, by David Spurr
Rita Sakr

Shakespeare and the Irish Writer, edited by Janet Clare and Stephen O’Neill
David J. Baker

Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism, by Andrew Thacker
Enda Duffy

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

Museum Trouble: Edwardian Fictions and the Emergence of Modernism, by Ruth Hoberman
Marcia K. Farrell

A. Walton Litz (1929-2014) by jjqblog
June 10, 2014, 10:44 AM
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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.

James Joyce Centre: Bloomsday 2014 by jjqblog
May 19, 2014, 8:44 AM
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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.

Shem the Penman Film by jjqblog
May 5, 2014, 9:08 AM
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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.


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