The James Joyce Quarterly by jjqblog
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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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“He licked thick word soup” Joyce App by jjqblog
December 15, 2014, 4:26 AM
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A new Joyce app is another in a recent string of Joyce-related digital toys and tools. The app, called “He licked thick word soup,” allows users to physically manipulate chunks of text. The app wants to make the experience of Ulysses more tactile by requiring readers to move strings of text around with their fingers on a touch screen phone or tablet. The app consists of four increasingly difficult episodes. By the end of the process, the user will have untangled as many as 100 sentences from throughout Ulysses.The designer Ariel Malka, from Tel Aviv, chose Ulysses for his project because the novel represents a unique reading experience and because Joyce consciously filled it with puzzles. His app forces users to slow down and engage with the work by making them “literally wrestle” with the strings of text. “He licked thick word soup” is available from both Android and iOS app stores. Read more about the app here and here.

Table of Contents 50.1-2 (Fall 2012-Winter 2013) by jjqblog
December 10, 2014, 9:46 AM
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We are proud to announce our fiftieth anniversary issue, 50.1-2 (Fall 2012-Winter 2013), is available for ordering.  The double issue includes Perspectives from Editor Sean Latham and Managing Editor Carol Kealiher as well as articles selected from the tenures of our three editors, JJQ founder Thomas Staley, Robert Spoo, and Sean Latham.  The articles have been selected, with the help of the JJQ editorial board, because of their significance to Joyce studies throughout the years and each editor has included a brief introduction to their section.  The first section includes articles from Fritz Senn, Hugh Kenner, Florence L. Walzl, Michael Groden, and Shari Benstock.  The second section includes articles from Derek Attridge, Jennifer Wicke, Joseph Valente, and Jen Shelton.  The third section features articles from Roberta Jackson, Paul K. Saint-Amour, Daniel Ferrer, Finn Fordham, Gregory Castle, Julieann Veronica Ulin, Margot Norris, Patrick W. Moran, and Austin Briggs.   Also included is a selection of JJQ covers from throughout the years and a retrospective on the JJ Checklist from William S. Brockman and Jolanta Wawrzycka as well as JJ Checklist 119.  The usual Entertainment from Simon Loekle is accompanied by the answer key to the “Dublin Over” crossword puzzle contributed by David Ben Merre.   The issue’s book reviews are also included.

The table of contents with links to articles and abstracts from Project Muse is below.


Raising the Wind: The James Joyce Quarterly Turns 50
Sean Latham

A Look Back at the James Joyce Quarterly
Carol Kealiher



Section 1: 1963-1989

Fifty Years with Joyce
Thomas F. Staley

Notes & Comments
Thomas F. Staley

Seven Against Ulysses
Fritz Senn

Homer’s Sticks and Stones
Hugh Kenner

Molly’s Masterstroke
Hugh Kenner

Joyce’s “The Sisters”: A Development
Florence L. Walzl

“Cyclops” in Progress, 1919
Michael Groden

The Printed Letters in Ulysses
Shari Benstock

Section 2: 1989-1999

Preparatory to a Retrospective Arrangement …
Robert Spoo

Finnegans Awake: The Dream of Interpretation
Derek Attridge

Modernity Must Advertise: Aura, Desire, and Decolonization in Joyce
Jennifer Wicke

Thrilled by His Touch: Homosexual Panic and the Will to Artistry in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Joseph Valente

Père-version and Im-mère-sion: Idealized Corruption in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and The Picture of Dorian Gray
Vicki Mahaffey

Bad Girls: Gerty, Cissy, and the Erotics of Unruly Speech
Jen Shelton

Section 3: 2001-Present

An Accidental Editorship
Sean Latham

The Open Closet in Dubliners: James Duffy’s Painful Case
Roberta Jackson

Soliloquy of Samuel Roth: A Paranormal Defense
Paul K. Saint-Amour

What Song the Sirens Sang … Is No Longer Beyond All Conjecture: A Preliminary Description of the New “Proteus” and “Sirens” Manuscripts
Daniel Ferrer

Lightning Becomes Electra: Violence, Inspiration, and Lucia Joyce in Finnegans Wake
Finn Fordham

Coming of Age in the Age of Empire: Joyce’s Modernist Bildungsroman
Gregory Castle

Fluid Boarders and Naughty Girls: Music, Domesticity, and Nation in Joyce’s Boarding Houses
Julieann Veronica Ulin

Possible Worlds Theory and the Fantasy Universe of Finnegans Wake
Margot Norris

An Obsession with Plenitude: The Aesthetics of Hoarding in Finnegans Wake
Patrick W. Moran

Joyce’s Drinking
Austin Briggs


JJQ Cover Images Through the Years


Checklist Retrospectives

“—Wait! Hist! Let us list!” (FW 571.34): Two Retrospectives on the “Current JJ Checklist” and Alan M. Cohn: Five Decades of Checklisting
William S. Brockman

Alan M. Cohn, Mentor
Jolanta Wawrzycka


Current JJ Checklist (119)
William S. Brockman



For the L of It!
Simon Loekle

Answers to “Dublin Over” Crossword Puzzle
David Ben-Merre



Collaborative “Dubliners”: Joyce in Dialogue edited by Vicki Mahaffey (review)
Greg Winston

Making Space in the Works of James Joyce edited by Valérie Bénéjam and John Bishop (review)
Andrew Thacker

European Joyce Studies 21: Joyce, Benjamin and Magical Urbanism edited by Maurizia Boscagli and Enda Duffy (review)
David P. Rando

Modernism and the New Spain: Britain, Cosmopolitan Europe, and Literary History by Gayle Rogers (review)
Jed Esty

Modernism and Style by Ben Hutchinson (review)
Scarlett Baron

Translation, Humour, and Literature. Translation and Humour, Volume 1 edited by Delia Chiaro, and: Translation, Humour, and the Media. Translation and Humour, Volume 2 edited by Delia Chiaro (review)
Patrick O’Neill

Marginal Modernity: The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce by Leonardo F. Lisi (review)
Andrew Goldstone

Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic Cultural Criticism in Honor of Daniel R. Schwarz edited by Helen Maxson and Daniel Morris (review)
Louise Hornby

Monumental Space in the Post-Imperial Novel: An Interdisciplinary Study by Rita Sakr (review)
Ellen Carol Jones



New IJJF Board Election Results by jjqblog
November 21, 2014, 10:23 AM
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The International James Joyce Foundation has announced the newest elected members of its board of trustees.  Representatives from North America include Tim Conley, Claire Culleton, and Jolanta Wawrzycka. The new non-North American members are ​Rosa Maria Bosinelli, Ronan Crowley, Terence Killeen, and David Spurr.  It’s good to see the Foundation remains in such trusted and innovative hands.

Joyce’s Complete Works Translated into Korean by jjqblog
November 4, 2014, 10:19 AM
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IMG_20141104_101500253Dr. Chong-keon Kim, honorary professor of Korea University, Seoul, Korea, finally attained his long-cherished desire to translate all Joyce’s works into Korean. His Complete Works of James Joyce Translated into Korean, published in 2013, is a landmark both in the Korean history of translation and in the studies of English literature in Korea. Rather than simply translating Joyce’s works into Korean, Dr. Kim tried to translate every Joycean word into Korean while maintaining the original meaning. For this, he often added annotations and put the original English words in parentheses right after the translated words into Korean. Dr. Kim’s translation became a trigger to make Joyce studies more active in Korea.  Indeed, without his translation, it would be impossible for common Korean readers to better understand Joyce’s works.

Dance Production of the Wake by jjqblog
October 29, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Choreographer Jenny McAllister, who works out of San Francisco, has created a highly unusual and interesting dance production inspired by Finnegans Wake, titled “A Wake.”  The production loosely follows the plot of the Wake and includes a diverse range of accompanying choral music and some less standard selections including music by Tom Waits.  Leopold Bloom even makes an appearance.  Sections of the Wake are spoken by the dancers, but others are represented through dance, and the setting has changed from early twentieth century Ireland to 1980’s and 1990’s America.  The show premiered in early October at the ODC Theater in San Francisco.  Follow this link for more information.

The VIII James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome by jjqblog
October 28, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Italian JJ Foundation

The James Joyce Italian Foundation will hold its 8th Conference in Rome from February 2-3 of 2015.  The conference invites unpublished and in-progress essays and asks for 250-500 word abstracts with a short biography by November 15, 2014.  Because this year’s conference coincides with the Yeats’ 150th birthday, organizers are encouraging paper proposals to engage with Joyce, Yeats, and topics focusing on the Irish Revival.  They provide a list of possible paper topics but encourage others as well:

- Joyce and/vs Yeats
– Joyce and/vs Synge
– Joyce and/vs A.E.
– Joyce and/vs Lady Gregory
– Joyce as a revivalist
– Joyce’s drama/Yeats’s theatre
– Joyce’s poetry and the Revival
– Rewriting the Revival in Joyce’s notebooks, drafts, and completed works
– Joyce, genetic studies and the Revival
– Joyce’s Triestine journalism and the Revival
– Joyce’s writings as Revivals/Counter-revivals
– The Revival and autobiography: Writing the self/writing the nation
– Joyce’s translations of Synge and Yeats in Trieste
– Yeats’ Joyce
– The state and status of Yeats and Joyce Studies 60 years after their deaths
– Writing “Irishness”
– Joyce and the Irish Language
– Yeats, Joyce, and the idea of the Irish “race”
– Yeats, Joyce and Irish alterities
– Mangan or Ferguson? Who to revive from the nineteenth century.

The conference has confirmed several speakers including Matthew Campbell, Erik Bindervoet, Robbert-Jan Henkes, Fritz Senn, and Carla Marengo Vaglio.  Some papers delivered at the conference will be invited for publication at a later date.  Direct abstracts and questions to joyceconference@gmail.com



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.


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