hypermedia joyce studies

Hypermedia Joyce Studies was founded in 1994 as a refereed journal of criticism and scholarship on the works of James Joyce, and was initiated by Rob Callahan & Louis Armand. The original editorial board also included Alan Roughley and Julian Croft. The first issue was launched in December 1995, to coincide with the MLA convention in Chicago and a panel, chaired by Margot Norris, on 'Theorising Knowledge in Joyce: Intertextual, Encyclopaedic, Hypertextual.' This panel included papers by, among others, Michael Groden & Louis Armand.

In June of the same year, Brown University had hosted the by-annual North American Joyce conference, convened by Robert Scholes. Daniel Ferrer gave a keynote speech on Joyce, hypertext & textual genetics, along with a presentation that involved members of the Intermedia Lab. The Brown conference was also the occassion of the first panel discussion of Joyce & hypertext, chaired by Morris Beja, & involving Louis Armand, Jim LeBlanc & Bill Brockman. Many future hypertext projects were discussed during the Brown conference, and
HJS was very much part of a larger impetus in the direction of engaging with hypertext and other "Joyce media."

The first edition of
HJS featured work by Thomas Jackson Rice, Donald Theall, Darren Tofts, Fritz Senn, Derek Attridge, Michael Ditmore, Alan Roughley and Louis Armand. Since then, Donald Theall has published his two major studies of Joyce and technology (Beyond the Word, and James Joyce's Techno-Poetics) and Tom Rice has published his study of Joyce and complexity (Joyce, Chaos and Complexity). Michael Groden's work co-ordinating a hypertext annotated edition of Ulysses has proceeded, while Daniel Ferrer's FW hypertext has developed into a collaborative project (with Vincent Deene & Geert Lernout) to produce a complete annotated edition of The Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo.

The second edition of
HJS, edited by Sheldon Brivic, R.L. Callahan, Jane Yellowlees Douglas, Michael Groden, Cheryl Herr, R. Brandon Kershner, and Tom Rice, remains available online at www.2street.com/hjs/contents.html (see also HJS archive). The first edition archive has been lost, but several of the articles which were first published there have been reproduced in volume 3 issue 1, linked through the archive (#).

In1998 a related project was also initiated and is now approaching conclusion. This is a volume of essays focusing on "
Joycean media," edited by Mark Nunes & Louis Armand, with contributions by Donald Theall, Darren Tofts, McKenzie Wark, Michael Groden, Daniel Ferrer, John Johnston, and others.

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