Saved from the Flames? by jjqblog
April 27, 2012, 1:33 PM
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In an interesting article by Terrence Killeen published last Saturday in The Irish Times, Stephen Joyce revealed that he has “in a safe place” an archive of Joyce material that might some day be made public.  Mr. Joyce, unfortunately, had little more to say on the subject, aside from issuing his usual laments about scholars.  Indeed, he even claimed that the Irish state has a duty to make sure Joyce’s work isn’t “misused.”  As I’ve suggested here in the past, the passage of works into the public domain should ensure that neither a government nor a single rights holder retains the power to censor or suppress scholarship.  The copyright dispute between Danis Rose and the NLI over the Ulysses notebooks has serious ramifications for teaching and research in the EU since it it precisely an argument about freedom of access.  I continue to hope, perhaps with undue optimism, that these materials can be fully and freely made available so that we can come to better understand the making of one of the world’s greatest literary masterpieces.


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