January 2017

Art Contest: Ulysses Recovered Book Cover Contest

Ulysses Recovered

Dark green book cover with embossed gold design depicting an earth-like planet quartered by hemispheric disks. Surrounding the planet and its cross-sections are small golden roman numerals similar to a clock face.To celebrate Bloomsday 2017, the James Joyce Quarterly, Booksmart Tulsa, and the Guthrie Green are sponsoring a contest to design a new cover for Joyce’s Ulysses.  We welcome entries in all languages and encourage experimentation with media, typography, and layout.  Select designs will be featured on the JJQ website and displayed as part of a special Bloomsday art exhibit in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.  Awards will be given in two categories: most creative design and best overall design.  Winners will receive a cash award and their entries will be featured on forthcoming covers of the James Joyce Quarterly.


This exhibition is open to anyone 18 years and older.  Print or digital media is preferred, though not required.  Work must be original.  Each artist may submit up to three entries.  There is no submission fee.

Entry Procedure and Deadlines

Initial images should be submitted digitally to the JJQ  through its online submission page using the “Other” category.  All submissions must be received by 1 May, 2017.  Selections for exhibition and award winners will be selected by 15 May.


The artist is responsible for prompt delivery of items.  The artist also warrants that that work is original and has not been previously published.


Artist is responsible for delivery of work in print or digital form as required for the exhibition.  Items will not be returned unless shipping is paid in by the artist.


There is not a strict size requirement, but unless otherwise necessary, entries should generally be 6.5” x 9.5.”  Images should be submitted digitally as JPEG, PNG, or PDF files.




Fellowship Opportunity: University at Buffalo, SUNY Special Collections

University at Buffalo, SUNY Libraries Special Collections Fellowships

ulysses-v1The UB Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships – the James Joyce Fellowship and the Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship – for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries’ outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Follow this link to find out more about some of the more notable collections in the UB libraries: About the UB Library Collections

The fellowships provide stipends to cover the cost of fellows’ travel to Buffalo and accommodation and expenses during the time of their stay. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will receive library and parking privileges at UB and are invited to participate in any Humanities Institute events that occur during the time of their visit. If feasible, Fellows are invited to give one public lecture on their research. Fellows are also asked to submit a one page, single-spaced report on the value of having used the collection at UB that will be posted on the Humanities Institute website.

The timing and duration of the Fellows’ residence in Buffalo are flexible, though we would anticipate a minimum stay of two weeks. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.

The James Joyce Fellowship

The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, research on Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce’s literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences.

The Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship

The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research would be enhanced by any of the books, manuscripts or unique documents in the UB Libraries special collections, which include materials from the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Polish Collection, the Music Library, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Please note that applicants may apply for only one fellowship per academic year.

Selection Criteria and Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the 2017/2018 academic year is January 31, 2017. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:

  • Cover letter (please indicate which fellowship you are applying for);
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal that identifies collections and materials to be used and includes length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Budget for use of Fellowship funds;
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director (this can be sent separately)

Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of UB’s special collections to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievements.

Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by January 31, 2017 to the program administrator at huminst@buffalo.edu.

Clever, Very: Joshua Kotin

Blacka and white photo of a man and a woman stand in the threshold of a building, with the street in the background. On the left is a woman, Sylvia Beach, facing partly away from the viewer and looking towards the man, James Joyce, on the right. James Joyce, on the right, is turned towards Beach and partly to the viewer and is looking directly into the camera.For our latest “Clever, Very” interview, Joshua Kotin at Princeton University talked to us about the Mapping Expatriate Paris: The Shakespeare and Company Lending Library Project (MEP) project. The MEP, which we previously described in one of our blog posts, is a digital humanities project that digitizes the extensive records Sylvia Beach kept for her Shakespeare and Company bookshop and lending library. MEP provides insight into Paris as a site of artistic and intellectual exchange during the interwar period.

James Joyce Quarterly: In the Mapping Expatriate Paris project, you’ve been digitizing the records kept by Sylvia Beach for Shakespeare and Company. Out of all of the bookstores and lending libraries in Paris at the time, why do you think Shakespeare and Company and by extension Beach became such important figures for the Lost Generation?

Joshua Kotin: There are at least two answers to this question. First, Shakespeare and Company catered directly to the English-speaking avant-garde in interwar Paris. Beach knew her customers; she opened the bookshop and lending library in an ideal location, and stocked the right books. She was also an incredibly smart and generous person; her correspondence reveals her importance as an intellectual and friend. Second, she published Ulysses!

JJQ: How has this project evolved from its conception to how it is now?

JK: MEP grew out of a graduate seminar I taught at Princeton in 2013 on Ezra Pound. During a visit to Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton’s Firestone Library, Jesse McCarthy, a student in the seminar, suggested that the Shakespeare and Company lending library cards would make a great dataset for a mapping project about interwar Paris. Two years later, McCarthy and I began to seriously reckon with the project’s potential. We invited Clifford Wulfman, Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Firestone, to join our research team, and I started to work my way through the 180 archival boxes in the Beach Papers. I soon discovered Beach’s logbooks and established the conceptual framework for the project. The original mapping project now complements an in-depth investigation of the lending library’s membership and the circulation of the lending library’s books.

JJQ: What has been the most unexpected thing you’ve discovered while working on MEP?

JK: I was naive, but I didn’t realize how many people were part of the Shakespeare and Company community, and how many non-Anglophone writers and artists patronized the bookshop and lending library. There are hundreds of as-yet unidentified library members—and there are a significant number of surprisingly well-known names in the membership lists: Jacques Lacan, Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Benjamin, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Nathalie Sarraute, and George Oppen. I’ve been also surprised by the range of books and magazines that circulated.

JJQ: How do you think digitizing these records affect how we think about modernism and Joyce?

JK: I think MEP has the potential to change how we understand modernism in three overlapping ways. First, it can provide a more exact and comprehensive portrait of the world represented in countless memoirs about the period—and in films such as Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Second, MEP can illuminate how that world changed from 1919, when Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, until the early 1940s, when she was forced to close the bookshop and lending library during the German occupation of France. Third, MEP can reveal what books circulated within that world—who read what and when. For example, MEP will allow us to determine who borrowed Joyce’s work and what other books they borrowed with Joyce’s work. We will also be able to identify popular books now lost to literary history. (Is it relevant that Charles Morgan’s Sparkenbroke was borrowed more frequently than Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms?) As MEP develops we may begin to encode and analyze material in the Beach Papers related to the production and distribution of Ulysses.

JJQ: Where do you see the field of digital humanities going in the future? Are there any recent developments that you are excited about?

JK: Most DH projects do one of two things. They either make difficult to access and fragile materials searchable and available to the public—for example, The Modernist Journals Project, The Emily Dickinson Archive, and W.E.B. Du Bois Papers—or they create and analyze big datasets—for example, Chicago Text Lab, CESTA, and .txtLAB. MEP does both—albeit with a comparatively modest dataset. We hope to see more projects that link the aims of libraries with the aims of social scientists and humanists developing quantitative approaches to literary criticism and literary history.

This interview was conducted by Marie Sartain via email November 17-30, 2016.

Digital Portrait

A white silhouette of a man wearing jacket and hat in front of a sepiatone painting of a river with an official building in the background. End image description. We recently discovered that University College Dublin has released a digital multimedia edition of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  This version of Portrait is broken up into chapters and provides mobile-friendly text as well as some very brief videos helping to explain the novel’s complex and evolving array of characters.  For those of us who like to listen to our literature, University College Dublin has also provided audiobook versions of the chapters (read by Irish actors Barry McGovern and Sam McGovern), which can be found with each chapter or together in a convenient playlist on Soundcloud.

As people become more and more reminiscent of Donna Haraway’s “Manifesto for Cyborgs”–a majority of people are inseperable from their phones, and some say the average person reads a novel’s worth of words a day on the Internet–this transition from printed media to allow for mobile and multimedia experiences is welcome.  Although there will likely always be a place for the printed text, embracing a reality in which novels such as Portrait can be experienced in multiple forms increases public access to canonical works.  We look forward to reading (and listening to) Portrait anew.

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Volume 52.1


Clive Hart (1931-2016)
Fritz Senn

“Obstructing the thoroughfare”: A Report on the Dublin James Joyce Summer School, 3-9 July 2016
Niels Caul

“Real Adventures Must Be Sought Abroad”: Swedish Students Encounter Dublin and the Dubliners
Angelica Granqvist


Milly Bloom as Blind Spot in Ulysses
Katherine Ryan

An Abode of Bliss: Plumtree’s Potted Meat and the Allegory of the Theologians
Blake Leland

The Stability of Laughter in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, or Quis est in malo humore…ego aut vos?
James Nikopoulos

“Ordovico or viricordo”: Joyce’s Road from Newman to Vico
John D. Shaeffer

Credible Resonance, or Believable Euphony in the Joyce Oeuvre
Jefferey Simons

Reviews and Notices of James Joyce in the United States, 1916-1920
George Monteiro

With Joyce in Saint Gérand-le-Puy: Maria Jolas’s “Joyce en 1939-1940” in Translation
Neil R. Davison

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William S. Brockman


Exhuming the Monks of Mount Melleray from “The Dead”
Kieran Quinlan

A Source for the “Most Profound Sentence” in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Daniel Aureliano Newman


Two Gallants
Robert Berry

Review Essay

Joyce Smithy: A Curated Review of Joyce in Visual Art, Music, and Performance
Ollie Evans, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, and Derek Pyle


Medieval Invasions in Modern Irish Literature, by Julieann Veronica Ulin
Joseph Kelly

Conspicuous Bodies: Provincial Belief and the Making of Joyce and Rushdie by Jean Kane
Marcia K. Farrell

Translatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature, edited by Brian L. Price, César A. Salgado, and John Pedro Schwartz
Jesús Isaías Gómez-López

Haunted Historiographies: The Rhetoric of Ideology in Postcolonial Irish Fiction, by Matthew Schultz
Emer Nolan

Yeats and Afterwords, edited by Joseph Valente and Marjorie Howes
Anna Finn

The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World, by Richard Pine
Bruce Stewart

Flann O’Brien & Modernism, edited by Julian Murphet, Rónán McDonald, and Sasche Morrell
Paul Fagan

Modernism and Christianity, by Erik Tonning
Jack Dudley

Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon: The Modern Library Series, by Lise Jaillant
Hannah McGregor

Waywords and Meansigns: Recreading “Finnegans Wake” (In Its Whole Wholume), directed by Derek Pyle
Aodhán Kelly and Tom De Keyser

Beckett in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival Revival of Three One-Act Plays, “Not I,” “Footfalls,” and “Rockaby”, by Samuel Beckett
Richard J. Gerber


Sidney Feshbach, Richard Barlow