hypermedia joyce studies

Welcome to the
second issue of the new series (volume 3) of HJS.

As with the previous issues of HJS, this one seeks to bring together work from across the spectrum of Joycean criticism, while at the same time maintaining a focus on the increased role played by media technologies in Joyce scholarship.  Essays in this volume touch upon a diverse range of subjects from Joycean Hypertext (Donald F. Theall) to Leo Taxil (Gregory Downing), Translation (Gerald Parks), and Giacomo Joyce (Fritz Senn, Clare Wallace, M.E. Roughley and Louis Armand).

Interest in what is arguably Joyce's most fugitive of texts,
Giacomo Joyce, has increased recently, as demonstrated at last year's Joyce Symposium in Trieste where Fritz Senn led a panel discussion on Giacomo Joyce and Hypertext. The essays appearing here represent the first part of a focus on Giacomo Joyce and draw from the recent publication of Giacomo Joyce: Envoys of the Other (eds. L. Armand & Clare Wallace), which includes contributions by Fritz Senn, Vicki Mahaffey, Murray McArthur, Kevin Nolan Michel Delville, Joseph Valente, Clare Wallace, John McCourt, Sheldon Brivic, M.E. Roughley, Renzo Crivelli, Richard Brown and Louis Armand. Kevin Nolan's article, "Faydeau's Republic," appeared in HJS 3.1.

Future issues of HJS will also include a focus on Joycean Genetics. At the last Joyce Symposium a great deal of attention was given to the recent acquisitions of previously unknown draft notebooks of chapters from Ulysses. Mike Groden and Daniel Ferrer, both consultants to this process, gave presentations on the notebooks. There were also a number of highly important presentations of genetic research and several hypermedia presentations, including work being undertaken in Buffalo, Antwerp and in Paris, along with Mike Groden's long-anticipated Digital Ulysses (planned for partial release to coincide with the 2004 Bloomsday centenary).

What is clear from the 2002 Symposium is that Genetics and Hypermedia represent the most dynamic developments in current Joycean research--building upon a trend which has been in evidence for the last nine or ten years. In recognition of this, and as a prelude to the 2004 Dublin Symposium, a JOYCE COLLOQUIUM will be held in Prague 12-14 September 2003, with the theme "JOYCEAN GENETICS & HYPERTEXT." The provisional programme includes contributions from Fritz Senn, Mike Groden, Daniel Ferrer, Geert Lernout, Laurent Milesi, Dirk Van Hulle, Wim Van Mierlo, Derek Attridge, Alan Roughley, Darren Tofts, Luca Crispi, Stacey Herbert, Sam Slote, among others.

Publication of the colloquium's proceedings will stand beside a volume of essays devoted to Joyce and hypermedia, entitled JOYCEMEDIA (eds. Mark Nunes & Louis Armand). Inquiries should be directed to the Prague Joyce Centre: lazarus@ff.cuni.cz.

Of interest to Joyceans is the recent publication of PANAROMA DO FINNEGANS WAKE by AUGUSTO & HARALDO DE CAMPOS (SAO PAULO: EDITORA PERSPECTIVA, 2001). PANAROMA includes translations and "transcreations" of Finnegans Wake in/to Portuguese ("from Blasil the Brast to our povotogesus portocall") by two of the major concrete poets & theoreticians of the second half of the 20th century. Contact: Augusto de Campos or the publishers: Editora Perspectiva, Av. Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 3025, 01401-000--Sao Paulo--SP--Brasil.

NIGHT JOYCE OF A THOUSAND TIERS Petr Skrabanek: Studies in Finnegans Wake (eds. Louis Armand & Ondrej Pilny (Prague: Litteraria, 2002), Preface by Fritz Senn). Paperback, 174pp. ISBN 80-238-8853-6. To order direct from the publisher, send email to the Prague James Joyce Centre. UAA FF UK, Nam. Jana Palacha 2, 116 38 Praha 1, Czech Republic.  --This edition collects the extant writings by Petr Skrabanek on the work of James Joyce, almost all of which deal with Finnegans Wake. It includes a revised version of the highly important Slavonic Dictionary, originally published in A Wake Newslitter in the 1970s. Also included are articles on Anglo-Irish, Cuneiform, Hebrew, Afar, Sino-Japanese and "structure" in the Wake. Skrabanek's contribution to Finnegans Wake scholarship and to genetic criticism in particular is substantial. This, the first collection of his essays in bookform, is essential reading for anyone serious about approaching Joyce's major text.

Beginning with the last issue of HJS the publication schedule is bi-annual, with a rolling site content for each issue defined by a 6-monthly cut-off. This means two issues to appear during each year, in June-July and in December-January. Contributions are welcome on all Joyce-related topics. Please address queries, abstracts or proposals to the editors. Suggestions regarding themed issues or sections of the journal are also welcome.

An attempt has been made to restore the resource database, much of which dates from 1995. At present there are entries for
Audio, Video and Hypermedia. It is the nature of such things that projects evolve or become defunct, that distributors cease operating, or that new productions appear. Any comments/suggestions regarding corrections or additions would therefore again be very welcome.

One addition to the organisation of the journal is a section devoted to
Joycean Genetics. This section is currently under development, but it is hoped that it will eventually serve as a compliment to other sites devoted to Genetics such as Genetic Joyce Studies. As Genetics is one of the fields of Joyce scholarship which has been most heavily engaged with hypermedia, and in which Joycean hypertext received some of its earliest theoretical elaborations, it is only approriate that HJS develop in this direction.

Over the last decade, hypermedia has received increasing attention within the field of Joyce studies. Hypertext projects, and conference panels devoted to hypertext, proliferate. It is one of the objectives of
HJS to communicate to the broader community of Joyce scholars the way in which the discourse on Joycean hypertext and hypermedia has emerged and evolved, and to provide a sense of what has come to be "at stake." In this context it is worth noting that work is currently underway to produce an anthology of essays devoted to this subject--a project initiated by Mark Nunes. Following from the work of Donald Theall and Darren Tofts, the publication of this volume will be a milestone in the evolving discourse on Joyce and media technology. At the same time, the serial publication of the Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo (eds. Vincent Deane, Daniel Ferrer and Geert Lernout) gives hope of the near future release of a companion hypertext version--perhaps the most elaborate and detailed application of hypertext to Joyce so far envisioned (something which Daniel Ferrer anticipated as long ago as the 1995 conference at Brown University).

Regards to you all,

Louis Armand

January 2003

HJS editorial