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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April 6, 2015, 12:04 PM
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JJQ Lucia Reading 1

The Irish Community Arts Project is participating in other Bloomsday celebrations around the globe.  On Bloomsday, Tuesday June 16, they will have readings from various literary figures at 7 p.m. in Kingsthorpe Cemetery at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce in Northhampton, England.  As part of the event, the Triskelion Theatre Company will dress in period costume for a related performance.  For further details contact Irish Community Arts Project Co-ordinator Peter Mulligan at caprojects.PM@gmail.com.

James Joyce Centre Bloomsday Page by jjqblog
March 27, 2015, 11:34 AM
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The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has launched a new website dedicated to The Bloomsday Festival. The page provides general information about the Joycean holiday as well as a detailed program of the Centre’s events, which begin on the 11th and culminate on Bloomsday. As in past years, these include multiple walking tours, pub crawls, meals, and of course, readings of Ulysses. Many of the events are repeated so if you miss something make sure and check every day’s list of events. The Bloomsday page also includes a listing of Bloomsday-related events around Dublin, and features an interactive map and regional groupings of the events so you can plan your Bloomsday efficiently. In addition, the Centre’s page provides a form to submit any Bloomsday events not already included and links to dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow the events in real time.

The L. E. James Joyce by jjqblog
March 23, 2015, 9:05 AM
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Drones, cannons, and guns are a far cry from silence, exile, and cunning, but that’s what you’ll find aboard the Irish Naval Service’s new “offshore patrol vessel,” the Long Eireannach James Joyce.  The 300-foot vessel is equipped with twin diesel engines, cannons and machine guns of every size, orbiter drones, and mini-submarines.  It has been commissioned to pair with the L. E. Samuel Beckett, a nearly identical ship, to patrol 158,000 square miles of Ireland’s “exclusive economic zone” extending West into the Atlantic and East toward Great Britain.  Although Leopold Bloom likely would have been fascinated by such details, it still seems odd that Joyce’s name is now attached to a piece of military equipment used to secure national boundaries.  Popular Science has more details on the ship’s equipage and technology.

The Complete Ulysses Audio Recording by jjqblog
March 16, 2015, 4:14 PM
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As part of a project that began 30 years ago, called The Complete Ulysses, The Radio Foundation, Inc. is releasing a full recording of Ulysses.  Each chapter will be read by a notable actress or actor, including Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Jerry Stiller, Garrison Keillor, Anne Meara, Wallace Shawn, Bob Dishy, Anne Enright, Bob Odenkirk, poet Paul Muldoon, and Caraid O’Brien as Molly Bloom.  Audio files of the readings will be available in a variety of formats, and when all episodes are complete, they will be available as a set on compact disk.  The Complete Ulysses has its roots in several radio broadcast marathon readings beginning in 1981 and will total around 30 hours of reading.  For a more complete history of the project and to access the recordings, follow this link.

Performance Adaptation of Ulysses by jjqblog
February 12, 2015, 12:03 PM
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Austrialian performance art producer Vitalstatistix is presenting a massive theater project based on Ulysses. The 18 part, ten-hour performance will be put on by The Rabble, a performance troupe based in Victoria, which plans to reinterpret Joyce’s work in radical new ways. The performance will use the Gilbert schema as a guide, but will introduce provocative differences into Joyce’s narrative. For example, Leopold/Odysseus will be a female part, and the novel’s quotidian events will be given operatic weight. The Rabble will also experiment with different media forms throughout the performance, including installation art and video production. The performance will run from 26 October-November 6.  Access more information here.

Joyce Language Quiz by jjqblog
February 6, 2015, 7:59 AM
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Joyce is among the foremost pioneers of the English language.  Vanity Fair has generated a quiz to compare Joyce’s work with a more recent language innovator, Sarah Palin.  Follow this link to take the quiz and see if you can differentiate the Irish modernist’s writing from the former Alaskan governor’s

Program for James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome by jjqblog
January 21, 2015, 8:19 AM
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Italian JJ Foundation

The James Joyce Italian Foundation has released the program for its 8th conference, to be held February 2-3 in Rome.  This year’s event focuses on Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival, will coincide with Yeats’ 150th birthday, and feature plenary talks from Matthew Campbell of the University of York, Ronan Crowley of the University of Passau, and Carla Vaglio Marengo of the Universita di Torino.  The panels focus mainly on issues related to Joyce, Yeats, and the Revivial.  In addition, Paolo Colombo will speak on T. S. Eliot, there will be a roundtable on translation, and an evening at the Irish Embassy hosted by Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr. Bobby McDonagh.  Finally, there will be a showing of artwork from Grazia LoDeserto entitled “Tutto Shakespeare.”  Follow this link to view the program and this one to visit the JJIF website.

Milton Hebald, 1917-2015 by jjqblog
January 19, 2015, 4:07 PM
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Joyce GraveAfter nearly a century of artistic activity, prolific sculptor, Milton Hebald, passed away on January 5, 2015 at an assisted living facility in West Hollywood.  Hebald was the artist who created the famous sculpture of Joyce thinking and holding a book at his grave in Zurich, Switzerland.  He was also the artist behind a number of public sculptures primarily in New York and Los Angeles, including the 12 Signs of the Zodiac sculpture that hung in the John F. Kennedy Airport and “Olympiade ‘84”, which depicts three women running outside the Stuart Ketchum Downtown YMCA in Los Angeles.   Follow this link for a more complete account of Hebald’s life and work.

Former Joyce Residence For Sale by jjqblog
December 23, 2014, 8:41 AM
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A home in Dublin Joyce is thought to have lived in during his childhood has been listed for €500,000. The home is located at Number 17 Richmond Street North, of North Circular Road in Dublin. The house façade is red brick like so many of the homes he describes in his work and features three bedrooms, two reception rooms, and additional living, kitchen, and sleeping space. In the back, it features a garden, working area, and alley access. It has more recently been used as a boarding house, but the listing agent feels it could function as a single family home. Either way, the home, if Joyce did live there, serves as an interesting example of the types of domestic spaces Joyce envisioned when writing. Follow this link for more information.

“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.